Dr Susan Heward-Belle

Dr Susan Heward-Belle

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02-9351-6888
Fax 02-9351-3783

Biographical details

This is my second year working as a lecturer in the Social Work and Policy Studies Programs in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, I have worked as a social worker within a variety of settings including hospitals, statutory child protection services, the NSW Child Protection Council, the NSW Ombudsman and in private practice. I have taught across many units of study in the undergraduate program including Professional Practice, Field Education, Violence against Women, Child Wellbeing and Protection and Integrative Studies. I have also taught across a number of units of study in the postgraduate program. I am currently the Coordinator of the MSW Program and a number of units of study including, Field Education, Practice Learning and Practice Theory Development. My practice research has focused on how statutory child protective services respond to families experiencing domestic violence. My doctoral thesis, entitled "Mind the blind spot: The Experience of fathering for men who are violent to their partners" explored the under-researched topic of domestically violent men's fathering experiences and practices. I have a strong interest in researching and building knowledge to redress gender blind, socially unjust practices.

Research interests

I have a strong interest in researching innovative strategies to address violence against women, children and young people, which are underpinned by principles of social justice and gender equity.

Teaching and supervision

Project Title

Degree

Student

Law: What Is It Good For?An exploration of the use of apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVOs) in New South Wales (NSW) by women who have had an attempt of murder made on their lives or who have been murdered in the context of domestic violence by their male current or former partner.

PhD

Bethany Wilkinson

Is it just a blanket?An examination of the efficacy of a resilience based therapeutic program from the experience of the children, young people who attended and their carers.

DSW

Mary Jo McVeigh

Disenfrancised Grief: The experiences of parents whose children are removed by child protection services

DSW

Joanna Das

Current research students

Project title Research student
The lived experiences of women who are mothering children displaying harmful sexualised behaviours toward a sibling Amelia BOYERS
Disenfranchised Grief & Child Protection : Exploring the lived experience of birth parents following the removal and placement of their child(ren) into statutory out-of-home care. Joanna DAS
Law: what is it good for? Women's Experiences of Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) in the context of Intimate Partner Homicide Bethany WILKINSON

Current projects

  • The PATRICIA project - Pathways and Research In Collaborative, Inter-Agency Working. This project is funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), and involves academics from the University of Melbourne, UNSW, University of Sydney and Curtin University; representatives of NSW, Victoria’s and Western Australia’s child protection agencies; and representatives of community based Domestic/Family Violence organisations. It has the potential to support the development of a more ethical service system for women and their children who experience D/FV and to strengthen the collaboration between child protection, family law, and D/FV organisations.
  • Addressing fathering: The perceptions of men's behaviour change program facilitators in Australia.
  • Varieties of harmful fathering practices: Constructions of masculinity and control.

Associations

I am a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Awards and honours

2013 Nominee for Teaching Excellence Award

2011 Katharine Ogilvie Memorial Award winner

In the media

Publications

Heward-Belle, S. (2015). The Diverse Fathering Practices of Men Who Perpetrate Domestic Violence. Australian Social Work.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2015.1057748 .

Heward-Belle, S. (2014). Mind the Blind Spot: The Experience of Fathering for Men Who are Violent to their Partners, PhD Thesis,http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au/search/a?SEARCH=heward-belle+&sortdropdown=-&searchscope=4.

Conference presentations

Heward-Belle, S. (2015). Working with domestically violent men to improve outcomes for women and children. Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium

Heward-Belle, S. (2015). Varieties of harm: The experiences of men who are domestically violent. Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence & Violations Conference.

Heward-Belle, S. (2014). Dad's the top of the food chain. XXth International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect International Congress.

Selected grants

2017

  • Messages from the Frontline: Australian domestic violence workers' policy advice for the implementation of national domestic violence policy and implementation.; Phillips R, Heward-Belle S, Goodwin S; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.

2015

  • The PATRICIA project: pathways and research in collaborative inter-agency working; Laing L, Humphreys C, Heward-Belle S, Connolly M, Healey L, Shlonsky A, Chung D, Katz I; Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2017). Exploiting the 'good mother' as a tactic of coercive control: Domestically violent men's assaults on women as mothers. Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(3), 374-389. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2016). The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. Australian Social Work, 69(3), 323-337. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2015). Varieties of harm: The experiences of men who are domestically violent. Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence & Violations, Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN), UNSW. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2014). Varieties of harm: The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Nagoya, Japan: International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Other

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2014), Mind the blind spot: The experience of fathering for men who are violent to their partners, PhD Thesis. [More Information]

2017

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2017). Exploiting the 'good mother' as a tactic of coercive control: Domestically violent men's assaults on women as mothers. Affilia-Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(3), 374-389. [More Information]

2016

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2016). The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. Australian Social Work, 69(3), 323-337. [More Information]

2015

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2015). Varieties of harm: The experiences of men who are domestically violent. Inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Gendered Violence & Violations, Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN), UNSW. [More Information]

2014

  • Heward-Belle, S. (2014), Mind the blind spot: The experience of fathering for men who are violent to their partners, PhD Thesis. [More Information]
  • Heward-Belle, S. (2014). Varieties of harm: The diverse fathering practices of men who perpetrate domestic violence. XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Nagoya, Japan: International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

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