New role to combat sexual violence

A Bendigo-based researcher will explore the causes of sexual assault and violence, as part of a new partnership between La Trobe University and Loddon Campaspe Centre Against Sexual Assault (LCCASA).

The three-and-a-half year PhD role will focus on increasing knowledge, and informing best practice in sexual assault prevention, education, advocacy and counselling across central Victoria.

It will also strengthen the evidence base for LCCASA’s advocacy, prevention and response, and guide government action to reduce the incidence of sexual violence.

The scholarship is co-funded by LCCASA and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University.

LCCASA Chairperson, Ms Sonya Oper, said the research outcomes from the PhD role will be vital in supporting the organisation’s current strategies.