• Podsoc #35

Women and sexual violence:

In conversation with Di Macleod

In this podcast, Di Macleod talks about sexual violence on women, the 6 principles of universal safe practice and trauma informed care. She addresses some of the contemporary challenges – the relationship between sexual violence and mental health; substance misuse; homelessness; drink spiking; and the major role social media plays in sexual violence.

Di Macleod is the Director of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc. which she founded in 1990. Her academic background is in Social Science and Community Management. Di has worked in the area of violence against women and children for over 35 years as a care provider, counsellor, refuge worker, educator and service manager in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

Di founded the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Action Group, secured government funding for and was instrumental in the development of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Service and Macleod Women’s Refuge, named after her. She developed Queensland’s inaugural Sexual Violence Awareness Month Campaign on the Gold Coast which is now a state wide event held every October. She was involved in the development of National Standards of Practice for services against sexual violence, served on the last Justice Taskforce as well as numerous boards, reference groups and consultative committees.

Di thinks globally and acts locally by maintaining state, national and international links that inform her work on the Gold Coast. She has recently returned from participating in a roundtable on violence against women in New Orleans.

Recommended citation – APA6th

Fronek, P. (Host). (2012, December 1). Women and sexual violence: In conversation with Di Macleod [Episode 35]. Podsocs. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/women-and-sexual-violence/.

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