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New podcast hopes to shine a light on gendered violence

Published:18 September 2020

There’s an old saying that “knowledge is power” and creating and sharing knowledge are at the heart of the work of CQUniversity’s Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR).

In fact, the Centre is embarking on an additional approach to share knowledge in the coming weeks with a podcast titled The Bulb which hopes to shine a light on gendered violence.

QCDFVR Director, Dr Heather Lovatt explained the Centre is not only focused on research but on sharing knowledge.

“In addition to producing new knowledge through undertaking research, we have a commitment to disseminating knowledge in as many ways as possible,” Dr Lovatt said.

“As a research centre within CQUniversity, we have an applied research focus – we’re about the translation and uptake of research findings to meet community’s needs.

“In other words, we are oriented towards ‘real-world’ outcomes – we want to develop a greater understanding of the complexities of the lives of women affected by gendered violence. We want to understand what it means to best respond to the needs of families affected by violence."

Dr Lovatt said this could mean hearing from survivors of violence, learning from those working to help them, or engaging with other academics.

“Holding on to the knowledge doesn’t create change, and if we’re serious about improving people’s lives, it’s our responsibility to be as creative as possible about how we get information back out to communities.”

One powerful mechanism for sharing knowledge is education and training, a key activity of the team at QCDFVR.

“We are very proud of our learning opportunities available through CQUniversity. We are also keen to embrace new ways of sharing knowledge in less structured ways,” Dr Lovatt explained.

“QCDFVR has a website that is a repository of great information, including videos featuring our staff and partners. Yet we were aware that not everyone has the time in their busy lives to absorb material through video, so we have embarked on an exciting initiative – our podcast series,” Dr Lovatt said.

The new podcast, The Bulb, will explore aspects of the critical social and public health problem that is violence against women.

“We’re so excited about The Bulb, which shines a light on gendered violence from all angles.  Each series includes a diverse mix of podcasts. These will range from interviews with practitioners, to new research findings and educational and informative sessions.

The first series of six podcasts is being released fortnightly from September to November 2020.  The second series, a longer series, will be released in early 2021.

The Bulb can be accessed on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

QCDFVR ( is funded by The Queensland Government and supported by and based at CQUniversity Australia.