Prof Cathy Humphreys


Cathy Humphreys is Co-Director of the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence and Professor of Social Work at University of Melbourne. Cathy is also Co-Chair for the Melbourne Alliance to End Violence Against Women and Their Children (MAEVe).

A multi-million dollar program of research in the areas of domestic and family violence and out of home care has been sustained since 2006 and supported through eight Australian Research Council grants and numerous other grants from government, philanthropy and community sector organisations. Developing the knowledge base to support practice and policy developments in the areas of domestic and family violence, as well as that of vulnerable children in out of home care drive the research program.

Cathy worked as a social work practitioner in the mental health, domestic violence, and children, youth and families sector for 16 years before becoming a social work academic. She worked at University of Warwick in the UK for 12 years prior to returning to Australia.