Cathy is co-chair of the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe) and a chief investigator in the Safer Families NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence. She specialises in applied research with the majority of projects in the past 10 years working with co-design and participatory action research through facilitating multi-stakeholder workshops and communities of practice. This approach reflects a profound interest in knowledge translation to ensure the support of practice through research. Cathy’s work includes a focus on the prevention of sexually harmful behaviours and child sexual exploitation. This strand of research is developed alongside research on the intersections between child abuse, family violence, mental health and substance misuse and includes strategies for engaging young people in the prevention of and response to DFV. Cathy is a well-published author of more than 125 journal articles. She spent 12 years at the University of Warwick leading a domestic violence and child abuse research centre before returning to Australia in 2006. For 15 years she worked as a social worker.