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Laura Tarzia

Senior Research Fellow-Domestic Violence Research
qualitative research
reproductive coercion
Intimate partner violence
intimate partner sexual violence
online interventions
science & technology
domestic violence
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Laura Tarzia

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Sexual violence
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Laura Tarzia


Laura is an ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice. She is deputy lead of the Sexual Abuse and Family Violence (SAFE) program and a member of the Melbourne research Alliance to End ViolencE against women and their children (MAEVe).

She is also affiliated with the Centre for Family Violence Prevention at the Royal Women's Hospital and the NHMRC Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence. Laura has a background in sociology, with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies.

Laura's work focuses on sexual violence and intimate partner violence against women. Her main research areas include: 1. understanding the dynamics of sexual and intimate partner violence (particularly under-researched typologies and population groups) and 2. co-designing evidence-based interventions with survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. She is currently leading the “Beyond Silence” project which aims to understand women's experiences of intimate partner sexual violence and develop a world-first trauma informed website for support. She also leads an ARC Discovery project on international students’ experiences of sexual and intimate partner violence (INVEST) in conjunction with Monash and Deakin Universities. She is currently developing a website for The University of Melbourne to support students experiencing or using violence (MySafety), and is undertaking novel work around defining and responding to reproductive coercion and abuse.Laura also works across a range of other projects with an emphasis on women's lived experience of violence, the prevalence and health effects of different types of sexual violence, and the health system response to women who have experienced violence. She is an investigator on the “Better Man” project (funded by a NAB Foundation Grant) which aims to develop and test an innovative early intervention app for men who use violence in relationships.
Laura is committed to highlighting survivor voices including through innovative mediums such as digital stories. Her work aims to promote evidence based outcomes for women and families experiencing violence.


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Project Types


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Internal Research Grant


Research Contracts

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 46 most recent scholarly works by Laura Tarzia.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Kate Campbell Fellowship (MDHS Dean's Fellowship for Research Excellence)

University of Melbourne


Australian Postgraduate Award

University of Melbourne





Senior Research Fellow-Domestic Violence Research

General Practice


The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)


Doctorate in Sociology

University of Melbourne

Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Creative Arts

University of Melbourne