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Annabel Taylor

Central Queensland University, Australia


Professor Annabel Taylor has been a professional social worker working in community and prisonbased social work in Aotearoa/New Zealand. After completing a research fellowship at the University of Canterbury she joined the Social Work and Human Services Department where among other courses she designed and taught a course on women’s victimisation and women’s criminal offending. From 2009 to 2014 Dr Taylor was the Director of the TeAwatea Violence Research Centre at the University of Canterbury where she designed and led a number of national and regional research projects commissioned by the community and government sectors. She was involved with an extensive literature review for the national New Zealand Glenn Inquiry into domestic and family violence and child abuse and an investigation of how services reach marginalised and so called ‘hard to reach’ populations.

She has helped to establish and support community agencies providing services in child abuse prevention and support for women on release from prison. She has been an evaluation research consultant in domestic violence services, child abuse prevention services and alternative justice initiatives. In 2013 she was a Galpin Fellowship recipient and undertook research based at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut in the US on alternative justice and domestic and family violence. She has published widely including a co-edited book in 2013 “Understanding Violence: Context and Practice in the Human Services” which has become a key resource for practitioners in the field and students in a variety of university-based learning. In 2014 Professor Taylor accepted the position of Director of the Queensland Domestic Violence Research Centre with Central Queensland University. While in this position, Dr Taylor completed a national ANROWS report on judicial education and domestic violence, on enforcement of protection orders in Australia, and on the connection between mental health, drug and alcohol use and domestic and family violence. She has been a member of the Queensland Child Death Review Panel and the Queensland Premier’s Domestic Violence Implementation Council. Annabel has been a pioneer in introducing extensive domestic and family violence education and training options at both Higher Education and vocational levels in partnership with CQUniversity. 

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