Professor Victoria Hovane

Qualifications

Vickie is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Law School, University of Western Australia and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and completed a PhD which investigated the role that Culture has in informing the cultural dimension in psychological theories of sex offending.  Vickie is a registered psychologist and an experienced consultant and practitioner having worked in several areas of social welfare, legal, victim, offender and child protection services, research projects and advisory roles over the past 37 years. 

Professional Experience

Vickie has a broad range of experience having worked in the legal, welfare and criminal justice systems. Her current work focuses on the area of the fall-out from violence - specifically sexual assault, child sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, family violence and generalised violence.

Vickie has taken up the role of Study Director with the Family and Community Safety (FaCtS) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Study at The Australian National University.  Vickie was previously the Managing Director of Tjallara Consulting Pty Ltd working with communities to develop cultural responses in the WA Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan. She has also been involved as consultant researcher with Inspire Change in the WA Aboriginal Staff and Practitioner Study (Signs of Safety); with Shelby Consulting in the Evaluations of the Kalgoorlie Community Court and the WA Statewide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service; and with the University of Western Australia in the Innovative Responses to FV in Indigenous Communities Project.

Vickie is also an Independent Director on the Board of Australia’s National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety (ANROWS), and a member of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Leadership Forum, and the Advisory Panel to the WA Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations (Ombudsman’s) FDV and Child Fatality Review Committees.  Previous roles have been as a member of the COAG Advisory Panel on Preventing Violence against Women and their Children, Member of the WA Mental Health Advisory Council and Co-Chairperson of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

  • Sexual Assault / Child Sexual Abuse - good practice principles/guidelines for service delivery to victims, perpetrators and families.
  • Family & Domestic Violence - good practice principles/guidelines for service delivery to victims, perpetrators and families.
  • Offender rehabilitation programs - good practice principles/guidelines for service delivery to Aboriginal offenders.
  • Aboriginal cultural considerations in forensic assessments in Western Australian courts.

Recent Publications

H. McGlade & V. Hovane (2007) The Mangalomara Case: Improving Aboriginal Community Safety and Healing.  Indigenous Law Bulletin.

Hovane V.  White privilege and the fiction of colour-blindness:  Implications for best practice standards for Aboriginal victims of family violence. DV Clearinghouse Newsletter. http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/PDF%20files/Hovane.pdf  

Current Research Activities

Vickie completed a PhD which investigated the role that Culture has in informing the cultural dimension in psychological theories of sex offending

Vickie is a Team Investigator for the National Drug Research Institute Curtin University project:  Translating knowledge into better health - From Broome to Berrimah: Building Australia wide research capacity in Indigenous offender health and health care delivery.  NHMRC-funded series of research projects, 2008 to present.

Vickie is a Team Investigator for the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University project:  Does Traumatic Brain Injury lead to Offending? NHMRC-funded project, 2008 to present.