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VTMH October Seminar 2021 (Rescheduled to Wednesday, 1 December 2021)

The safety and security of refugee women: Findings of a landmark study


Wednesday, 01 December 2021


Online via Zoom
— details to be sent to registrants in advance


3.00pm - 4.00pm







Professor Rebecca Wickes, Director Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, School of Social Sciences, Monash University


This discussion will provide an overview of the key findings from the landmark  Migrant and Refugee Women Safety and Security Study. This national study was undertaken by Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change (a national women’s alliance) and Monash University. The session will discuss the survey design and implementation and describe women’s self-reported experiences of crime, trust in and attitudes towards institutions including police, as well as broader financial security. It will conclude with some reflections on the challenges and benefits of undertaking a survey such as this and on the important partnerships needed to continue this work in the future.

About the speaker

Rebecca Wickes is Professor in Criminology and the Director for the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre  at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. She is the lead investigator of the Australian Community Capacity Study, a multi-million, multisite, longitudinal study of place. Dr Wickes’ research focuses on physical and demographic changes in urban communities and their influence on social relationships, inclusion and the concentration of social problems, in particular crime, social exclusion and public disorder.


VTMH seminars are open to individuals, from all disciplines and working in all sectors, who are based in Australia and interested in diversity and mental health.