Dr Silke Meyer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Social Wellbeing, Health and Housing Research Program at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). Silke moved to Australia from Bremen, Germany, in 2006 to commence her PhD at Griffith University on the help-seeking decisions of women affected by intimate partner violence.

She has a background in Criminology, Victimology and Social Work and has worked with victims and offenders of crime. Silke teaches into the curricula of the School of Social Science. Her current postdoctoral research focuses on cultural and regional differences in the experiences and perceptions of intimate partner violence and the related risk of homelessness among Indigenous and non-Indigenous women.

Some of her other most recent research includes the evaluation of an integrated response to intimate partner violence in Queensland and a national evaluation of educational programs designed to reduce and prevent teen dating violence.

  • Research Interests
    • Gender (Violence against Women, Soial Structure and Power Imbalances)
    • Responses to intimate partner violence and homelessness
    • Culture and Social Marginalisation
    • Youth and Deviance (Restorative Justice, Punishment and Deterrence
  • Publications

    Meyer, S. (forthcoming) Why women stay: a theoretical examination of rational choice and moral reasoning in the context of intimate partner violence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, scheduled to be published in August 2012.

    Meyer, S. (2011) Seeking Help for Intimate Partner Violence: Victims’ Experiences When Approaching the Criminal Justice System for IPV-related Support and Protection in an Australian Jurisdiction, Feminist Criminology, 6(4): 268-290.

    Meyer, S. (2011) ‘Acting in the Children’s Best Interest?’: Examining Victims’ Responses to Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20(4): 436-443

    Meyer, S. (2010) Responding to intimate partner violence victimisation: effective options for help-seeking. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice Series, No. 389. Canberra, Australian Institute of Criminology.

    Meyer, S. (2010) Seeking help to protect the children? The influence of children on women’s decisions to seek help when experiencing intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence, 25 (8): 713-725.

    Meyer, S. (2006). Trafficking in human organs in Europe: a myth or an actual threat? European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, 14, 2:208-229.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Dip, Social Work, FH Braunschweig (Germany)
  • MA, Criminology, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • PhD, Criminology, Griffith University