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Dr Kirsty Forsdike Lecturer in Management, Management Sport & Tourism

Kirsty is a Lecturer in management, Researcher in the Centre for Sport and Social Impact and Chair of La Trobe’s Violence Against Women Research Network. Her research is focused on women’s safety (intimate partner violence, sexual assault and harassment) in sport and recreation, organisations' (health and sport) response to violence against women and women's mental health. She specialises in qualitative research methodology and evaluations.

She has conducted quality research in the area of early intervention and education programme development in the field of family violence since late 2012, prior to which she worked in mental health research. She has worked with organisations such as the Department of Social Services, Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Medicare Locals/Primary Health Care Networks, Australia's National Research Organisation For Women's Safety (ANROWS), Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), the Legal Services Board Commission and The Royal Women’s Hospital.

She is currently developing a research programme that examines early intervention in the sporting context to enhance the safety of women participating in sport and recreation. She is conducting research with support from the Victorian Government's Office for Women in Sport and Recreation to ascertain the challenges and needs of Victorian sport organisations in responding to violence against women. She is also facilitating a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder forum to elicit next steps for early intervention in sport for women experiencing violence. In addition, she is a CI on a large and complex project supported by the Victorian Government and in collaboration with Monash and RMIT that is examining women's safety on public transport.

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