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Dr Laura Tarzia

Laura Tarzia is an ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice and the Centre for Family Violence Prevention at the Royal Women's Hospital.

Laura is Deputy Lead of the Sexual Abuse and Family Violence (SAFE) program, a member of the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe) and a Fellow with the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI). Laura has a background in sociology, with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies.

Laura's work focuses on sexual and domestic violence against women, including the use of technology as a form of early intervention. She is currently leading the "Beyond Silence" project which aims to understand women's experiences of intimate partner sexual violence, and develop a world-first trauma informed website for support. She also works across a range of other projects with an exmphasis on women's lived experience of violence, the dynamics, context and health effects of different types of sexual violence, and the health system response to women who have experienced violence.

Laura is also an investigator on the "E-Mate" project (funded by an NAB Foundation Grant) which aims to develop and test an innovative app for men who use violence in relationships.