Working with domestic violence perpetrators

Maris Depers gave a fascinating seminar on working with male domestic violence offenders, on September 21. The seminar was very attended, with 53 community workers, professionals, and others attending. Maris, a Registered Psychologist who has been facilitating male domestic violence offender programs for over five years, examined the challenges and joys of working with male domestic violence offenders in a community context.


Is ‘engaging men’ the game changer for gender equality?

Is ‘engaging men’ the game changer for gender equality? This was the title of the Diversity Council Australia and National Australia Bank Annual Diversity Debate for 2016. CROMM Co-director Dr Michael Flood was one of the speakers at this high-profile debate.

DCA’s Debate was held in Sydney on 8 November. A record crowd of more than 400 CEOs, HR directors and managers, diversity practitioners and business leaders heard lively debate from a panel of high profile speakers. The affirmative side comprised Kate Jenkins, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, Stephen Barrow, Executive General Manager, Culture and Capability, at the National Australia Bank, and Pip Marlow, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia. The negative side comprised Dr Michael Flood, researcher at the University of Wollongong, Dr Benjamin Law, TV screenwriter, journalist and newspaper columnist, and Clementine Ford, freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker. The debate was moderated by one of the ABC’s most respected journalists and host of ABC TV’s Q & A, Tony Jones.

Michael Flood’s speech is available on XYonline, here.

For further details of the event, visit

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Debates over engaging men in work towards gender equality

Dr Michael Flood participated in a lively debate at the University of Sydney on the question of engaging men in gender equality work, with 300+ people in attendance, on November 2. The topic was “Accelerating Gender Equality: We need Male Champions of Change.” The debate took place in the University’s Great Hall, as part of the Sydney Ideas series. Panelists included David Morrison, Australian of the Year, Anna Hush, a Women’s Officer at the university who has been active e.g. in relation to sexual assault and harassment on campus, Elisabeth Hill (an academic who writes on the political economy of gender), and others. Michael was on the negative side, allowing him to raise some critical questions regarding how men have been engaged thus far in work to build gender equality.

Dr Flood also took part in a debate on a similar topic (“Engaging men is the game-changer for gender equality”) hosted by the Diversity Council of Australia, on November 8.

Seminar: “I don’t see bad men” – Working with Male Domestic Violence Offenders

This presentation discusses the challenges and joys of working with male domestic violence offenders in a community context. A key focus is on the role of therapeutic group work with mandated participants and common themes in domestic violence offender programs. The discussion includes information on interventions and their rationale, and a reflection on walking the line between empathy and challenging hostile gender beliefs and behaviours, before concluding with the role of feminism and masculinity in working with domestic violence offenders.

Date: Wednesday September 21 2016
Time: 12.30 – 2:00pm
Venue: Building 19, Room 1067

ALL WELCOME. For further information please contact: Michael Flood ( or on 4221 4063).

Conference on ‘The Future of Fatherhood’ taking shape

CROMM’s forthcoming  conference, The Future of Fatherhood: What’s next in fathering practice and research?, is taking shape. Richard Fletcher and Graeme Russell, two influential commentators and researchers on fathering practice, programming, and policy, are keynote speakers.

The conference will be held on November 7-8, 2016 on the campus of the University of Wollongong.

See here for more information. We look forward to seeing you there.

Visit by Esa Kumpula, Swedish lecturer and PhD student

Esa Kumpula, a lecturer and PhD student from Mälardalens University in Sweden, spent four weeks at the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities over February to March 2016. He had a very productive and enjoyable visit. Esa reports, “My choice of visiting University of Wollongong was motivated by opportunities to be a part of the Center for Research on Men and Masculinity (CROMM). CROMM provided me with possibilities to get in touch with other researchers in the area of men and masculinity. The benefit of CROMM was the potential to participate, discuss and establish contacts both with international researchers and PhD students, to gain direct knowledge of ongoing studies and research from a global perspective. Particularly valuable and beneficial for my PhD project was participation in seminars and receive comments from others in the field of Men and Masculinity. The stay at University of Wollongong/CROMM provided good settings for becoming a part of an international research network. Getting a opportunity to spend time at University of Wollongong in an environment of natural beauty and people from different part of the word with different backgrounds is really an inspiration for PhD – studies and work process.”
Esa Kumpula, School of Health Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalens University, Västerås

Seminar: Men as Allies: A Case Study of White Ribbon Australia’s Ambassador Program

This research examines men’s role as allies to prevent men’s violence against women (MVAW) through a case study of White Ribbon Australia’s (WRA) Ambassador program. Specifically, this research explores why men become allies to prevent MVAW, what challenges they encounter, and how they overcome them. Through the combination of interviews and a survey, viewed through social movement and masculinity theory, a narrative of men’s development and involvements as allies will emerge. The practical knowledge gained from this research will contribute to increasing ally participation and efficacy within WRA as well as other antiviolence against women organisations, both nationally and internationally.

Kenton is a postgraduate at the University of Wollongong in the Department of Humanities and Social Inquiry.

  • Date:              Wednesday May 18 2016
  • Time:              1.30 – 3:00pm
  • Venue:             Building 19, Room 2103

ALL WELCOME. For further information please contact: Michael Flood ( or on 4221 4063).

CROMM Co-Director successful in ARC Linkage scheme (July 2015)

Dr Michael Flood was successful in his application, with colleagues from the University of Melbourne, for an ARC Linkage grant. The project, titled “Violence Against Women – A Media Intervention”, aims to yield data in the primary prevention of violence against women by exploring the link between the internal operations of news media organisations, news media outputs and their impact on community attitudes. Current literature indicates that the paucity and tone of news reporting of violence against women perpetuates harmful attitudes towards women. International and Australian research has consistently identified community attitudes as a key causal factor. However, there is a lack of research into the impact of newsroom operations, including gender politics, on news media outputs, and the impact of those outputs on community attitudes. The proposed research and intervention project addresses this shortfall.


ARC Linkage, Violence Against Women – A Media Intervention. LP150100321, M. Simons, J. Morgan, M. Flood, K. Diemer, K. Hegarty, D. Muller, and L. Tarzia).

New book: Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (March 2015)

Men’s roles in building gender equality are on the public agenda. Across the globe, there are growing efforts to engage men and boys in building more equitable relations with women and girls. Programs that engage men have proliferated in fields such as violence prevention, sexual and reproductive health, parenting, education, and work. The last decade has seen the emergence of national and global campaigns, initiatives by international agencies, and scholarly research. The book Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality brings together key discussions and evaluations of this field.

The book came out of the 2012 conference hosted by the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM) at the University of Wollongong.

Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality is intended to contribute to the positive impact of efforts to engage men in progress towards gender equality. Some chapters explore the promise and problems of this work. Other chapters explore how to understand men and masculinities – how to make sense of the meanings we give to manhood, the lives men lead, and the changing patterns of men’s and women’s relations. The book offers a timely examination of an area of policy, programming, and research which is growing rapidly.

Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality is edited by Michael Flood, with Richard Howson. The book is of interest to a wide range of researchers, advocates, educators, professionals, and others from universities, governments, local and international organisations, and community agencies.

You can buy the book directly from the publishers at Please also consider ordering the book for your university or other institution.


Flood, M., with R. Howson (eds.) (2015). Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.


Chapter One: Men and Gender Equality / Michael Flood
Part I: Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality: Closing the Gap between Theory and Practice
Chapter Two: The Uses and Abuses of the Political Category of “Men”: Activism, Policy and Theorising / Jeff Hearn
Chapter Three: Disengaging Men from Patriarchy: Rethinking the Man Question in Masculinity Studies / Bob Pease
Chapter Four: Undressing Patriarchy in the Male Order Development Encounter / Jerker Edström
Part II: Engaging Men in Ending Men’s Violence Against Women
Chapter Five: Involving Men in Gender Equality: Charting Dangerous Waters /Stephen Fisher
Chapter Six: Engaging Men and Boys to Reduce Violence Against Women in Bangladesh: A Toolkit for Action / Abu Sufian
Chapter Seven: Endless Journey to Engage Men in Ending Violence Against Women in Nusa Tengarra, Indonesia / Nur Hasyim
Chapter Eight: At the Border of the Gender Abyss: Discussing Masculinity and Feminicide in Ciudad Juarez / Veronica Oxman
Chapter Nine: ‘Nothing Is Clear Now’: Negotiating Equality and Colonialism through the Lives of Twelve Acehnese Men / Davie Duriesmith
Chapter Ten: “No Man is Allowed to be Vulnerable”: Fitting the Rape of Men in Armed Conflict into the Wartime Sexual Violence Paradigm / Sara Meger
Part III: Health
Chapter Eleven: Involving Men in Reproductive Responsibilities: An Indonesian Muslim Context / Rachmad Hidayat
Chapter Twelve: Risky Masculinities: Exploring the Relationship between Young Men, Hegemonic Masculinity, and Risky Practice / Adam Rogan
Part IV: Work And Workplaces
Chapter Thirteen: Resistance to Gender Equality at Work: Discursive Practices of Estonian Male Managers / Kadri Aavik
Chapter Fourteen: Working With a New Vision of Gender in Mining / Dean Laplonge
Chapter Fifteen: Gendering Change: How to Engage Men with Women in Building Gender Equality in Masculinist Workplaces / Susan Harwood
Part V: Fathers And Fathering
Chapter Sixteen: Fatherhood and Gender Equality: Lessons from a Study of Absent
Fathers in Johannesburg, South Africa / Mazembo Mavungu
Chapter Seventeen: The Social Construction of Men as Caring Fathers: Implications for Gender Equality / Linda Haas and Graeme Russell
Chapter Eighteen: Making Women Visible in Boys’ Lives / Sarah Epstein
Part VI: Boys And Childcare
Chapter Nineteen: Engaging Boys in Building Gender Equality: Reflections from Primary School Research / Clare Bartholomaeus
Chapter Twenty: Male Kindergarten Teacher Assistants’ Perceptions of Caring Practice: Moving Away from the Misery Rationale to Build Gender Equality in Childcare Education / Leif Askland
Part VII: Negotiating Genders and Sexualities
Chapter Twenty One: “The Problem is that he’s a Man, Not that he’s Bisexual”: Women Discussing Bi-Masculinities and Bi-Misogyny / Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Chapter Twenty Two: A Declaration of Caring: Towards Ecological Masculinism / Paul M. Pulé
Chapter Twenty Three: Challenging Male Supremacy in Practice / Alan Greig, Gaurav Jashnani and R.J. Maccani

CROMM Co-Director successful in ARC Future Fellowship scheme (July 2014)

Dr Michael Flood, Co-Director of CROMM, was successful in his application for an ARC Future Fellowship. The Future Fellowships Scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

Dr Flood’s research project is titled “Engaging men and boys in violence prevention: effective directions for practice”. Using robust evaluations of key strategies and interventions, this project will produce a systematic framework for effective practice in engaging men and boys in preventing violence against women. The project will produce both significant scholarly insights regarding gender and violence prevention and practical directions for policy and programming.

UOW was awarded a total of $5.39M for seven Future Fellowships, to five internal and two international candidates.