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Research Biography

My research is primarily concerned with gender and families and relationships across the life course with a particular focus on domestic and family violence and elder abuse. I have been awarded significant external funding to conduct research in these fields and have published research findings in high-ranking, national and international academic journals and books.

My current research focuses on family violence in refugee and migrant communities in Australia, and domestic violence in the lives of older women, particularly in terms of its intersections with elder abuse, and the impact on women of diminishing social connections in later years. I am a member of the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS).

My research approach engages with co-design and knowledge translation activities so that it prioritises the needs and voices of industry and the community.

Research Interests

Recently funded research projects:

Law Foundation of SA grant (Esmaeili, H, Richards, J, Marmo, M & Zannettino, L) Family violence in Afghan Muslim communities in South Australia.

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) grant (Vaughan, C, Murdolo, A, Zannettino, L, Murray, L, Block, K & Quiazon, R), The MuSeS project: Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence.

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) grant (McLaren, H, Zannettino, L, Fischer, J), Defining quality of life (QoL) indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness.

Department of Social Services (DSS) Building Safe Communities for Women (BSCW) grant (Zannettino, L, Fuller, J, Hutton, A, Parry, Y), Developing service networks for older women affected by domestic violence.

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences (Flinders Fertility) seeding grant (Zannettino, L, de Lacey, S, Grant, J), Preparing consumers in Australia for commercial surrogacy overseas.

Supervised Students Successes

  • May 2017 Neti Juniarti - VC's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Community health, service learning, nursing centre models
Associate Supervisions:
  • Childhood trauma and resilience in psychosis populations (1)
  • Responses to elder abuse in aged care settings (1)

Research Areas

  • Social work

Supervisory Interests

  • Domestic violence
  • Sociology of gender & identity
  • Family violence
  • Elder abuse


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