Calculated based on number of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Biography

Professor Sarah Wendt made the switch to academia to find innovative solutions to widespread societal challeges that impact communities around the world. As a social worker, working in the field of domestic violence, she was inspired to change to academia to research and advocate for social, cultural, and political change. 

Professor Wendt is a Matthew Flinders Fellow and Professor in Social Work in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and Director of the Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS) Research Centre. 

Professor Wendt has a PhD from the University of South Australia and has published extensively on violence against women and social work practice. Her current research projects explore the impact of domestic violence on women's citizenship, service provision for Aboriginal communities experiencing family violence, and engaging men to address domestic violence. In particular, Sarah has been researching rural women's experiences of domestic violence for over a decade in Australia and more recently how domestic violence work shapes practitioners living and working in rural communities.  

The Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS) Research Centre aims to grow the evidence base of social work practice, partnering with service providers and service users to develop innovative solutions to some of our most difficult social challenges. As Director of SWIRLS, Profesor Wendt leads research projects exploring the intersection of domestic violence and child protection, men’s use of violence, young women’s experiences of homelessness and violence, and Aboriginal ways of being and working in strengthening families.  The research centre is now working with multiple stakeholders across government and non-government sectors and goes out of its way to include the voices and experiences of service users.


Research Expertise

Family and domestic violence, feminisms, gender, child protetcion, Aboriginal communities and culturally infomred practice and rurality.  

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • African men's experiences; the impact of service provision and resettlement processes on Acholi menin Australia (UniSA) (1)
  • African refugees' experiences of violence and non-violence (UniSA) (1)
  • Ethnicity and child sexual abuse (UniSA) (1)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work), University of South Australia

… → 2005

Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide

… → 2001

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Social Work (1st class honours), University of South Australia

… → 2000

Research Areas

  • Social work

Supervisory Interests

  • Domestic violence
  • Evaluation research
  • Advocacy for rural and remote health
  • Child abuse
  • Social work theory and practice
  • Sexual violence


  • H Social Sciences (General)


Dive into the research topics where Sarah Wendt is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles