Dr Lesley Laing

BSW(Hons), Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, GradCertEdStud(HigherEd), PhD
Honorary Associate Professor
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The University of Sydney

Prior to joining The University of Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work in 2003, Lesley practised social work in the fields of community health, child and family mental health and child protection. She was Director of the NSW Education Centre Against Violence, where she was responsible for the development of statewide training programs for health workers in responding to adult and child sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. In 2000, she established the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse at the University of New South Wales.

Teaching Excellence Award 2003, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney
Teaching Excellence Award 2009, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney
Edna Ryan Award for a special contribution to the education of women and girls

  • Member, NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team (Statutory appointment)
  • Management Committee, DV West Domestic Violence Service (2018–2021) 
  • Deputy Chair, NSW Premier’s Council for Preventing Violence Against Women, 2008–2012 


Book chapters
  • Laing, L., & Heward-Belle, S. (2020). "Domestic Violence and Family Law." In R. E. Fleury-Steiner, M. K. Hefner, & S. L. Miller (Eds.), Civil Court Responses to Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (pp. 89-113). San Diego, USA: Cognella
  • Laing, L. (2016). "Feminism and Social Policy." In S. Wendt & N. Moulding (Eds.), Contemporary Feminisms in Social Work Practice (pp. 54-69). Oxon & NY: Routledge. 

Selected journal articles
  • Wangmann, J., Laing, L., & Stubbs, J. (2020). "Exploring gender differences in domestic violence reported to the NSW Police Force." Current issues in criminal justice. doi:10.1080/10345329.2020.1745136 
  • Laing, L., Heward-Belle, S. & Toivonen, C. (2018). "Practitioner Perspectives on Collaboration Across Domestic Violence, Child Protection, and Family Law: Who's Minding the Gap?" Australian Social Work. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X 
  • Heward-Belle, S., Laing, L. Humphreys, C. & Toivonen, C. (2018). "Intervening with Children Living with Domestic Violence: Is the System Safe?" Australian Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2017.1422772 
  • Laing, L. (2016). "Secondary Victimization: Domestic Violence Survivors Navigating the Family Law System." Violence Against Women. doi:10.1177/1077801216659942 

Evidence to Support the Implementation and Evaluation of Safe and Together in NSW Health AOD and mental health services – led by University of Melbourne, funded by NSW Ministry of Health 

Adult Survivor Project – Action research evaluating the establishment of specialist, integrated services for adult survivors of child sexual abuse in two NSW Local Health Districts