Researchers on the road to discovery with new grants

12 Dec 2019

A University of Queensland research project designed to develop a better understanding of the legal response to domestic violence has secured federal government funding for 2020.

This is an image of a jacaranda tree in the middle of UQ's Great Court The project – led by Professor Heather Douglas from the School of Law, part of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) – was awarded over $350,000 in Australian Research Council Discovery Project funding.

It was one of two BEL Faculty-associated projects to secure a coveted Discovery Project grant.

BEL Faculty Associate Dean (Research) Professor Brent Ritchie said the recent grant success was yet another example of the Faculty’s research excellence and impact.

“Our researchers exemplify what Discovery Project grants are all about,” Professor Ritchie said.

“They are highly regarded for the quality of their research and its application to real-world situations. 

“Through these projects, our researchers will collaborate with their academic partners inside and outside of UQ to grow the knowledge base in their fields and address some of Australia’s biggest economic and social challenges.

 “Congratulations to our latest Discovery Project grant recipients.”

Professor Heather Douglas (School of Law) and Dr Robin Fitzgerald (UQ’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) have received $354,000 to explore the effectiveness of the non-fatal strangulation criminal offence as a response to domestic violence.

Many women escaping domestic violence report non-fatal strangulation from their past partners. Their research will review the application and experience of the non-fatal strangulation criminal offence in practice. Expected outcomes include the development of law reform and policy recommendations to improve the operation of the offence, enhance service responses and develop professional education. The research will also provide significant social and economic benefits through better understanding of the legal response to domestic violence.

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