Dr Lesley Laing

PhD(UNSW), GradCertEducationalStudies(Sydney), BSW(Hons)(UNSW)
Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate and Pre-service Programs

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93514091
Fax +61 2 93513783

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Biographical details

Prior to joining the Faculty, Lesley practised social work in the fields of community health, child and family mental health and child protection. She was Director of the Education Centre Against Violence, where she was responsible for the development of statewide training programs for health workers in responding to adult and child sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. In 2000, she established the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse at the University of New South Wales.

Research interests

Social work and social policy

  • Child young people: safety and well-being
  • Social policy
  • Violence against women and children

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Theories-practices in social work student supervision: a qualitative study of how field educators assist students to explore the theory-practice relationship. PhD Ann CALLEN
Responding effectively to crisis, trauma and violence: An exploration of Trauma Informed Care in Sydney based crisis accommodation services PhD Leticia FUNSTON
Domestic violence among immigrant women in Australia: case of Muslim immigrant women, implication of intersectional theory. PhD Nafiseh GHAFOURNIA
Every piece of the puzzle matters: The missing piece - A qualitative study exploring the help-seeking experiences of women with physical disability who live with or have lived with violence and abuse. PhD Karen JORDAN
Cultural context and child protection: a comparative study of South Korea and NSW. PhD Su Kyung KIM
Responding to adolescent boys who have been sexually assaulted: understanding risk and maintaining connection PhD Elizabeth MCNAMARA
Maternal distress following disclosure of child sexual assault (working title). DSW Fleur PHILLIPS
TBC PhD Mareese TERARE
An analysis of psychiatric trauma theory relating to adolescent girls who have experienced abuse.(Associate supervisor) PhD Emma TSERIS
Embracing uncertainty: How do social workers deal with uncertainty at end of life? (Associate supervisor) DSW Stephanie WADE

Current projects

  • A study of women's experiences in obtaining an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order, funded by the NSW Law and Justice Foundation
  • Pro-arrest policies, dual arrest and the policing of domestic violence: Building the knowledge - Collaborative research with NSW Police Force, UTS and UNSW Law Schools, NSW Domestic Violence Coalition

Associations

  • Member, Social Work and Health Inequalities Network

  • Member, NSW Domestic Violence Deaths Review Team (DVDRT)

  • White Ribbon Policy and Research Reference Group

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2003

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2009

  • Edna Ryan Award for a special contribution to the education of women and girls (2008)

Selected grants

2009

  • Womens access to legal protection from DV; Laing L, Lynch D; Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales/Research Support.

2005

  • Towards better practice: Enhancing collaboration between mental health and domestic violence services; Irwin J, Laing L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).
  • Evaluation of the New St Adolescent Sex Offender Program; Laing L, Tolliday D; Western Sydney Local Health District/BLO Project.

2004

  • The impact of changes in Family Court legislation and policy regarding parent/child contact on the safety of women who have experienced domestic violence; Laing L; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).
  • Evaluation of Green Valley Domestic violence Services; Laing L, Stefanic H; Liverpool Health Service/BLO Project.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Laing, L., Humphreys, C., Cavanagh, K. (2013). Social Work and Domestic Violence: Developing Critical and Reflective Practice. London: Sage Publications.

Book Chapters

  • Laing, L., Rawsthorne, M. (2011). Research skills for practitioners. In O'Hara A, Pockett R (Eds.), Skills for Human Service Practice: working with individuals, groups and communities, (pp. 326-338). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Laing, L. (2009). Violence, abuse and health. In Bywaters, Paul; McLeod, Eileen; Napier, Lindsey (Eds.), Social Work and Global Health Inequalities: Practice and Policy Developments, (pp. 105-117). Bristol, UK: Policy Press.
  • Laing, L. (2008). 'Violence', criminal justice, the law, policy and practice. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, (pp. 67-79). New York London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2012). Across the Divide: Using Research to Enhance Collaboration Between Mental Health and Domestic Violence Services. Australian Social Work, 65(1), 120-135. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2010). Women's stories of collaboration between domestic violence and mental health services. Communities Children and Families Australia, 5(2), 16-28.
  • Laing, L. (2008). A Perilous Journey: Seeking protection in the aftermath of domestic violence. Communities Children and Families Australia, 3(2), 19-28.

Conferences

  • Irwin, J., Laing, L. (2007). Enhancing collaboration between mental health and women's domestic violence services: Overview and voices of women (Keynote Paper). Towards Better Practice Conference.
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J. (2007). Women, Domestic Violence and Depression. Women and Depression Conference.
  • Laing, L. (2006). Domestic Violence: Research into Policy and Practice (Invited Keynote Paper to the inaugural DoCS Early Intervention Conference). DoCS Early Intervention Conference, 2006.
  • Laing, L. (2006). Swimming Against the Tide: managing child contact in the context of domestic violence. 10th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • Laing, L. (2005). Integration: Challenges from a domestic violence perspective (Invited Keynote Address to 'Promoting Women's Safety Through Integration'). Promoting Women's Safety Through Integration.
  • Laing, L. (2004). Domestic Violence and Family Law. Global Social Work Conference, 2004.
  • Breckenridge, J., Laing, L. (2004). Listening to Mothers and their Children - Implications for Counselling in Child Sexual Assault. Global Social Work Conference, 2004.
  • Laing, L. (2003). Prioritising safety or contact? Domestic Violence, family breakdown and family law. 28th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Laing, L. (2002). The challenge of implementing and evaluating programs for perpetrators of domestic violence. Crime Prevention Conference, Canberra: The Institute.
  • Laing, L. (2001). Domestic violence: emerging challenges. 4th National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia : New Crimes or New Responses, Canberra: The Institute.

Report

  • Laing, L. (2013). 'It's like this maze that you have to make your way through.' Women's experiences of seeking a domestic violence protection order in NSW. [More Information]
  • Lynch, D., Laing, L. (2013). 'Women get lost in the gaps': Service providers' perspectives on women's access to legal protection from domestic violence. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2012). Evaluation of the Green Valley Liverpool Domestic Violence Service (GVLDVS): Walking with women on their journey away from violence. [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2011). "They should have this in every court." Evaluation of the NSW Women's Refuge Movement Women's Family Law Support Service (WFLSS). [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2010). Bridging the Gap: Evaluation of the Domestic Violence And Mental Health Pilot Project. [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2010). No way to live: Women's experiences of negotiating the family law system in the context of domestic violence. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2010). They Never Asked Me Anything About That: The Stories of Women who Experience Domestic Violence and Mental Health Concerns/Illness. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Mikulsky, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2006). Evaluation of New St Adolescent Service.
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2005). Evaluation of the Green Valley Domestic Violence Service.
  • Laing, L., Bobic, N. (2002). Literature Review: Economic costs of domestic violence. [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2001). Working with women: Exploring individual and group work approaches (Issues Paper 4, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2000). Children, young people and domestic violence (Issues Paper 2, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2000). Progress, trends and challenges in Australian responses to domestic violence (Issues Paper 1, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]

Other

  • Laing, L. (2004), Risk assessment in domestic violence (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003), Domestic violence and Family Law (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003), Domestic violence in the context of child abuse and neglect (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003), Research and evaluation of interventions with women affected by domestic violence (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003), Routine screening for domestic violence in health services (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003), What is the evidence for the effectiveness of perpetrator programmes? (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2002), Responding to Men who Perpetrate Domestic Violence: Controversies, Interventions and Challenges.
  • Laing, L. (2001), Australian studies of the economic costs of domestic violence (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Greer, P. (2001), Pathways to safety: An interview about Indigenous family violence with Pam Greer, Indigenous Training and Development Consultant (Issues Paper 5, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]

2013

  • Laing, L. (2013). 'It's like this maze that you have to make your way through.' Women's experiences of seeking a domestic violence protection order in NSW. [More Information]
  • Lynch, D., Laing, L. (2013). 'Women get lost in the gaps': Service providers' perspectives on women's access to legal protection from domestic violence. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Humphreys, C., Cavanagh, K. (2013). Social Work and Domestic Violence: Developing Critical and Reflective Practice. London: Sage Publications.

2012

  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2012). Across the Divide: Using Research to Enhance Collaboration Between Mental Health and Domestic Violence Services. Australian Social Work, 65(1), 120-135. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2012). Evaluation of the Green Valley Liverpool Domestic Violence Service (GVLDVS): Walking with women on their journey away from violence. [More Information]

2011

  • Laing, L. (2011). "They should have this in every court." Evaluation of the NSW Women's Refuge Movement Women's Family Law Support Service (WFLSS). [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Rawsthorne, M. (2011). Research skills for practitioners. In O'Hara A, Pockett R (Eds.), Skills for Human Service Practice: working with individuals, groups and communities, (pp. 326-338). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

2010

  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2010). Bridging the Gap: Evaluation of the Domestic Violence And Mental Health Pilot Project. [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2010). No way to live: Women's experiences of negotiating the family law system in the context of domestic violence. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Irwin, J., Napier, M. (2010). They Never Asked Me Anything About That: The Stories of Women who Experience Domestic Violence and Mental Health Concerns/Illness. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2010). Women's stories of collaboration between domestic violence and mental health services. Communities Children and Families Australia, 5(2), 16-28.

2009

  • Laing, L. (2009). Violence, abuse and health. In Bywaters, Paul; McLeod, Eileen; Napier, Lindsey (Eds.), Social Work and Global Health Inequalities: Practice and Policy Developments, (pp. 105-117). Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

2008

  • Laing, L. (2008). 'Violence', criminal justice, the law, policy and practice. In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges, (pp. 67-79). New York London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Laing, L. (2008). A Perilous Journey: Seeking protection in the aftermath of domestic violence. Communities Children and Families Australia, 3(2), 19-28.

2007

  • Irwin, J., Laing, L. (2007). Enhancing collaboration between mental health and women's domestic violence services: Overview and voices of women (Keynote Paper). Towards Better Practice Conference.
  • Laing, L., Irwin, J. (2007). Women, Domestic Violence and Depression. Women and Depression Conference.

2006

  • Laing, L. (2006). Domestic Violence: Research into Policy and Practice (Invited Keynote Paper to the inaugural DoCS Early Intervention Conference). DoCS Early Intervention Conference, 2006.
  • Laing, L., Mikulsky, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2006). Evaluation of New St Adolescent Service.
  • Laing, L. (2006). Swimming Against the Tide: managing child contact in the context of domestic violence. 10th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.

2005

  • Laing, L., Irwin, J., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2005). Evaluation of the Green Valley Domestic Violence Service.
  • Laing, L. (2005). Integration: Challenges from a domestic violence perspective (Invited Keynote Address to 'Promoting Women's Safety Through Integration'). Promoting Women's Safety Through Integration.

2004

  • Laing, L. (2004). Domestic Violence and Family Law. Global Social Work Conference, 2004.
  • Breckenridge, J., Laing, L. (2004). Listening to Mothers and their Children - Implications for Counselling in Child Sexual Assault. Global Social Work Conference, 2004.
  • Laing, L. (2004), Risk assessment in domestic violence (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]

2003

  • Laing, L. (2003), Domestic violence and Family Law (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003), Domestic violence in the context of child abuse and neglect (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003). Prioritising safety or contact? Domestic Violence, family breakdown and family law. 28th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Laing, L. (2003), Research and evaluation of interventions with women affected by domestic violence (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003), Routine screening for domestic violence in health services (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2003), What is the evidence for the effectiveness of perpetrator programmes? (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]

2002

  • Laing, L., Bobic, N. (2002). Literature Review: Economic costs of domestic violence. [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2002), Responding to Men who Perpetrate Domestic Violence: Controversies, Interventions and Challenges.
  • Laing, L. (2002). The challenge of implementing and evaluating programs for perpetrators of domestic violence. Crime Prevention Conference, Canberra: The Institute.

2001

  • Laing, L. (2001), Australian studies of the economic costs of domestic violence (Topic Paper, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2001). Domestic violence: emerging challenges. 4th National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia : New Crimes or New Responses, Canberra: The Institute.
  • Laing, L., Greer, P. (2001), Pathways to safety: An interview about Indigenous family violence with Pam Greer, Indigenous Training and Development Consultant (Issues Paper 5, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2001). Working with women: Exploring individual and group work approaches (Issues Paper 4, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]

2000

  • Laing, L. (2000). Children, young people and domestic violence (Issues Paper 2, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]
  • Laing, L. (2000). Progress, trends and challenges in Australian responses to domestic violence (Issues Paper 1, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse). [More Information]

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