Dr Susan Heward-Belle

Dr Susan Heward-Belle

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02-9351-6888
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Biographical details

Dr Sue Heward-Belle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and is a recognised leader in domestic and family violence research. Sue has almost 30 years experience in the domestic violence and child protection fields and has conducted many studies in these areas. Dr Heward-Belle was the Chief Investigator conducting, a range of domestic and family violence focused projects for ANROWS including: The PATRICIA Project and Invisible Practices: Engaging men who use violence. She is also Chief Investigator on two other large scale multi-state projects: Whole of Family approaches to working with families where there is domestic violence & the STACY Project (Safe and Together Addressing Complexity). Her PhD research examined the fathering experiences and practices of domestically violent men. She has a particular interest in advancing gender equitable and socially just approaches to practice that counter mother blaming.

Research interests

I have a strong interest in researching innovative strategies to address violence against women, children and young people, which are underpinned by principles of social justice and gender equity. I also have a strong interest in developing the high quality teaching and learning opportunities to equip social workers to be skilled and strong advocates equipped to compassionately work alongside people experiencing adversity.

Teaching and supervision

Project Title

Degree

Student

Law: What Is It Good For?An exploration of the use of apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVOs) in New South Wales (NSW) by women who have had an attempt of murder made on their lives or who have been murdered in the context of domestic violence by their male current or former partner.

PhD

Bethany Wilkinson

Is it just a blanket?An examination of the efficacy of a resilience based therapeutic program from the experience of the children, young people who attended and their carers.

PhD

Mary Jo McVeigh

Disenfrancised Grief: The experiences of parents whose children are removed by child protection services

Mothering in the Impossible Spaces

DSW

PhD

Joanna Das

Amelia Boyers

Current research students

Project title Research student
The lived experiences of women who are mothering children displaying harmful sexualised behaviours toward a sibling Amelia BOYERS
Disenfranchised Grief & Child Protection : Exploring the lived experience of birth parents following the removal and placement of their child(ren) into statutory out-of-home care. Joanna RAFANELI

Current projects

  • Nurturing non-violence - A commisioned research project with NSW Health that aims to research and capacity build the knowledge and skills of nurse home visitors working with surivivors of domestic violence in the perinatal period.
  • The STACY (Safe and Together) Addressing Complexity Project - A multi-state action research project with Professor Cathy Humphreys, Associate Professor Lesley Laing, Ms Cherie Toivonen, Dr Lucy Healey, Dr Menka Tsantefski, Professor Patrick O'Leary & Mr David Mandel
  • Messages from the Frontline with Associate Professor Ruth Phillips and Professor Susan Goodwin - a tri-state investigation of workers' perceptions of the effectiveness of Australia's National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children.
  • Trauma Informed Teaching Practices - with Associate Professor Cathy Little and Dr Jonnell Upton

Associations

I am a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Awards and honours

2011 Katharine Ogilvie Memorial Award winner

2013 - Nominee for Teaching Excellence Award

2017 – Australian Association of Social Workers –Norma Parker Award for Best First Article in Print

2017 ANZSWWER - Best Conference Abstract for Pedagogies in Education and Practice - “From individual rumination to collective participation: pedagogical strategies for moving beyond trigger warnings” with Dr Carolyn Ricketts and Andrea Small

In the media

28 February 2019 – Advocates call for NSW leaders to ‘step up’ on family violence and join Our Watch: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-28/nsw-government-family-violence-our-watch/10853438

30 May 2018 – Trio to tackle truths about impacts of domestic violence policy: Mid north coast women given special invitation to Messages from the Frontline: Domestic Violence Rountable – Port Macquarie News

25 November 2017 – SBS TV Evening News – National Protection Orders Story

24 November 2017 – Why we need to stand against domestic violence:https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2017/11/24/why-we-need-to-take-a-stand-against-domestic-violence.html&2SM FM Radio

19 October 2017 -http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-19/domestic-violence-shelters-filled-with-homeless-women/9063860

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/nsw-not-doing-enough-for-womens-refuges/news-story/7c54c299230851681de93d36c4e035d8

30 August 2017 -https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/30/arabic-community-group-welcomes-language-police-resources-family-violence

17 February 2017 -http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-17/why-i-wont-be-watching-game-of-thrones-this-year/8264940

28 Feb 2017 –10 women shaping the future of Sydney– University of Sydney -http://m.acscampaign.sydney.edu.au/rest/head/mirrorPage/%405pt6ezns7L0yWDUle1XKwS1qO40C8ZU9un0s7l4kKvppXQFlIYDb5JCnvp9s8nBYW5WKJ_M-7qXwelhmyDsskWKFd57b-VFT8Z_suOfq9w6O8wXd.html?cid=em_se-mar-2017)

13 April 2016 – Former NRL players helping to prevent domestic violence in young –ABC Television 7 PM News & ABC Print - 13 April 2016 -http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-12/former-nrl-players-helping-to-prevent-domestic-violence-in-young/7320458

24 Nov 2016 -Why we need to take a stand against domestic violenceUniversity of Sydney News Opinion 24 November 2016

18 Sept 2015 – Expert calls for men who are violent to be held accountable for actions – National News Radio

http://seeseeeye.csu.edu.au/nrn/expert-calls-for-men-who-are-violent-to-be-held-accountable-for-actions/

Publications

Heward-Belle, S. (2019). Assessing Dangerousness: Domestic Violence Offenders and Child Abusers, 3rded.Australian Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2018.1514577.

Heward-Belle, S. (2018). Domestic violence, social work and the law. In S. Rice & A. Day (Eds.),Social Work in the Shadow of the Law(Vol. 5). Annandale: The Federation Press.

Laing, L., Heward-Belle, S. & Toivonon, C. (2018). "Who’s minding the gap? Practitioner perspectives on the intersection of family law, domestic violence and child protection"Australian Social Work.

Heward-Belle, S., Laing, L., Humphreys, C. & Toivonen, C.(2018). Intervening with Children Living with Domestic Violence: Is the System Safe?Australian Social Work, DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2017.1422772.

Heward-Belle, S. (2017). Domestic Violence and Protecting Children: New Thinking and Approaches.Australian Social Work. 71(1),129-130.

Heward-Belle, S. (2017). Exploiting the ‘good mother’ as a tactic of coercive control: Domestically violent men’s assaults on women as mothers.Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(3) 374-389.

Heward-Belle, S. (2016) Varieties of harm: The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence.Australian Social Work.69:3, 323-337.

Under Review

Heward-Belle, S. (Under Review). Feminist gains lost: Public policy and the ‘genericizing’ of women survivors of domestic violence. In (Edited Book) Baines, D., Goodwin, S. & Rawthorne, M.Working Across Difference.

Heward-Belle, S., Humprheys, C., Healey, L., Toivonen, C. (Under Review). Invisible Practices: Engaging men who use violence and control.Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work.

Laing, L. & Heward-Belle, S. (Under Review).“Domestic Violence and Family Law" for the edited textCivil Court Responses to Intimate Partner Violenceto be published by Cognella Press.

National Industry Reports

In 2017, the findings of the PATRICIA project, containing material I wrote for the NSW component are disseminated in the following national industry reports:

Invisible practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence: Key findings and future directions. (ANROWS)https://d2rn9gno7zhxqg.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/19024158/Healey-et-al-RtPP-Invisible-Practices.pdf

The PATRICIA Project Final Report:

https://anrows.org.au/the-patricia-project-pathways-and-research-in-collaborative-inter-agency-working

The PATRICIA Project Summary of the Safe and Together Case Readingshttps://d2c0ikyv46o3b1.cloudfront.net/anrows.org.au/Patricia%20Safe%20and%20Together%20Case%20Reading%20FINAL%200608.pdf

The Collaborative Practice Framework for Child Protection and Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Services - PATRICIA Projecthttps://d2c0ikyv46o3b1.cloudfront.net/anrows.org.au/Patricia_Compass.pdf

Published Conference Abstracts and Presentations

Heward-Belle, S. (2017)“Failure to protect” or “Failure to respect?” Research to Practice: Accounts of male violence against women and children.International Dignity Conference, Perth, WA.https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5541a3e6e4b0d0e27e94aaf2/t/594776ee1b10e3c4c96f8b00/1497855759730/PPT+DIGNITY+FINAL+2.pdf

Heward-Belle, S. (2016). Making ‘mad’ and ‘bad’ mothers: Domestically violent men’s accounts of assaulting women as mothers.https://www.ispcan.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/03/FInal_Abstract_Book_Calgary_.pdf

Invited keynote speaker

Heward-Belle, S. (2018)Everyday sexism, gender annihilation and violence against women.White Ribbon Breakfast, Gosford, NSW.

Heward-Belle, S. (2018)Invisible Practices: Interventions with Men who Use Violence: Future Directions, ANROWS Launch, NSW State Parliament.

Heward-Belle, S. (2017)“Failure to protect” or “Failure to respect?” Research to Practice: Accounts of male violence against women and children.International Dignity Conference, Perth, WA.https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dignity-2017-international-conference-registration-28568343685#

Heward-Belle, S. (2017) Women fleeing domestic violence: Are government policies working?Politics in the Pub:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSNvSgWFvpQ

Heward-Belle, S. (2017)“Diverse fathering practices of domestically violent men”Family and Domestic Violence Conference: Pivoting to the perpetrator: Honouring children’s experiences. Stopping Family Violence, Perth, WA.https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fdv-conference-pivoting-to-the-perpetrator-honouring-childrens-experiences-tickets-34898696942

Heward-Belle, S. (2017) “Current Research on the Impact of family violence on children and young people.”Blue Mountains Coalition against Violence and Abuse Conference

Heward-Belle, S. (2016) Bad partners, good fathers: A qualitative review of domestically violent fathers’ perceptions of their fathering, Invited to present at:

The Curtin University Fathers Research Conference (Perth)

The University of Melbourne ANROWS Fathering Challenges Conference (Nov.)

Bethany Community Services AGM, Geelong (Nov.)

Heward-Belle, S. (2016) The PATRICIA Project: Preliminary Findings.South West Sydney Local Area Health District Interagency Conference.

Heward-Belle, S. (2016).“I was blamed.” Women’s experiences of navigating complex legal systems.St Vincent’s Hospital Interagency Conference

International Peer Reviewed Conference Presentations (excluding keynotes)

Heward-Belle, S. & Habib, D. (2019).Intervening with women and children living with domestic violence: is the system safe?2ndAsia Pacific Safe and Together Conference,Melbourne.

Heward-Belle, S. (2018). How to create a safe child protection system for women and children.International Social Work and Social Development Conference,Dublin, Ireland.

Heward-Belle, S., Humphreys, C. & Healey, L. (2018). Development of practice-led knowledge to inform work with fathers who use violence.1stAsia Pacific Safe and Together Conference, Melbourne.

Heward-Belle, S. (2016). Making “bad” and “mad” mothers: Domestically violent men’s accounts of assaulting women as mothers. International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and NeglectXXI International Congress for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Canada.

Heward-Belle, S. (2016).Walking the tightrope: Social workers’ experiences of working in statutory child protection services.The Second International Conference Social Work Education and Research, Sun Yat-Sen University, China.

Heward-Belle, S. (2015) “Varieties of harm: The fathering experiences of men who are domestically violent.Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence and Violations,Sydney.

Heward-Belle, S. (2014) “Mind the gap”: The fathering of domestically violent men. International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect XXInternational Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect,Japan.

Selected grants

2018

  • Safe Together Addressing Complexity STACY Project - Whole of Family approaches to working with parents where there is domestic violence; Heward-Belle S, Humphreys C, Tsanfeski M; Department of Social Services/Research Grant.

2017

  • Messages from the Frontline: Australian domestic violence workers' policy advice for the implementation of national domestic violence policy and implementation.; Phillips R, Heward-Belle S, Goodwin S; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.
  • Invisible Practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence; Humphreys C, Heward-Belle S, Laing L, Connolly M, Healey L, Chung D, Green D, O'Leary P, Tsantefski M; Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety/Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream.

2015

  • The PATRICIA project: pathways and research in collaborative inter-agency working; Laing L, Humphreys C, Heward-Belle S, Connolly M, Healey L, Shlonsky A, Chung D, Katz I; Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety/Research Support.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2019). Feminist gains lost: Public policy and the 'genericizing' of women survivors of domestic violence. In D. Baines, B. Bennett, S. Goodwin & M. Rawsthorne (Eds.), Working across difference: Social work, social policy and social justice. London: Red Globe Press.
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2018). Domestic violence, social work and the law. In Simon Rice, Andrew Day, Linda Briskman (Eds.), Social Work in the Shadow of the Law, (pp. 109-125). Sydney: The Federation Press.

Journals

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2019). Assessing dangerousness: Domestic violence offenders and child abusers, 3rd ed. (book review). Australian Social Work, Online first. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S., Humphreys, C., Healey, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Tsantefski, M. (2019). Invisible practices: Interventions with men who use violence and control. Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, 34(3), 369-382. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2018). Domestic violence and protecting children: New thinking and approaches (book review). Australian Social Work, 71(1), 129-130. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S., Laing, L., Humphreys, C., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2018). Intervening with children living with domestic violence: Is the system safe? Australian Social Work, 71(2), 135-147. [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Heward-Belle, S., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2018). Practitioner perspectives on collaboration across domestic violence, child protection, and family law: Who's minding the gap? Australian Social Work, 71(2), 215-227. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2017). Exploiting the 'good mother' as a tactic of coercive control: Domestically violent men's assaults on women as mothers. Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(3), 374-389. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2016). The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. Australian Social Work, 69(3), 323-337. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2015). Varieties of harm: The experiences of men who are domestically violent. Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence & Violations, Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN), UNSW. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2014). Varieties of harm: The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Nagoya, Japan: International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Other

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2014), Mind the blind spot: The experience of fathering for men who are violent to their partners, PhD Thesis. [More Information]

Research Reports

  • Healey, L., Humphreys, C., Tsantefski, M., Heward-Belle, S., Mandel, D. (2018). Invisible Practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence, 04/2018, (pp. 11 - 137). Sydney, Australia: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited (ANROWS). [More Information]

2019

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2019). Assessing dangerousness: Domestic violence offenders and child abusers, 3rd ed. (book review). Australian Social Work, Online first. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2019). Feminist gains lost: Public policy and the 'genericizing' of women survivors of domestic violence. In D. Baines, B. Bennett, S. Goodwin & M. Rawsthorne (Eds.), Working across difference: Social work, social policy and social justice. London: Red Globe Press.
  • Heward-Belle, S., Humphreys, C., Healey, L., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C., Tsantefski, M. (2019). Invisible practices: Interventions with men who use violence and control. Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, 34(3), 369-382. [More Information]

2018

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2018). Domestic violence and protecting children: New thinking and approaches (book review). Australian Social Work, 71(1), 129-130. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2018). Domestic violence, social work and the law. In Simon Rice, Andrew Day, Linda Briskman (Eds.), Social Work in the Shadow of the Law, (pp. 109-125). Sydney: The Federation Press.
  • Heward-Belle, S., Laing, L., Humphreys, C., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2018). Intervening with children living with domestic violence: Is the system safe? Australian Social Work, 71(2), 135-147. [More Information]
  • Healey, L., Humphreys, C., Tsantefski, M., Heward-Belle, S., Mandel, D. (2018). Invisible Practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence, 04/2018, (pp. 11 - 137). Sydney, Australia: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited (ANROWS). [More Information]
  • Laing, L., Heward-Belle, S., Toivonen (Kennaugh), C. (2018). Practitioner perspectives on collaboration across domestic violence, child protection, and family law: Who's minding the gap? Australian Social Work, 71(2), 215-227. [More Information]

2017

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2017). Exploiting the 'good mother' as a tactic of coercive control: Domestically violent men's assaults on women as mothers. Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(3), 374-389. [More Information]

2016

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2016). The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. Australian Social Work, 69(3), 323-337. [More Information]

2015

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2015). Varieties of harm: The experiences of men who are domestically violent. Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence & Violations, Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN), UNSW. [More Information]

2014

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2014), Mind the blind spot: The experience of fathering for men who are violent to their partners, PhD Thesis. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2014). Varieties of harm: The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Nagoya, Japan: International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

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