Dr Joanne Spangaro

Senior Lecturer

PhD, B Soc Stud (Hons) Grad Dip Public Sector Management

School of Social Sciences


+61 (2) 9385 1964
+61 (2) 9662 8991
G31 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Mental Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Public Health and Health Services, Social Work
Tags: Health Protection and/or Disaster Response

Research Interests: Responses to gender-based violence including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, abuse of children. Current projects are include a study of sustainability for routinely screening for intimate partner violence and a pilot for Emergency Department screening

Broad Research Areas:
Injury, Primary Health Care, Health Policy, Preventive Medicine, Global Health

PhD, B SocStud (Hons 1), GradDip Public Sector Management,

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Association of Social Work, Nursing Network on Violence Against Women, Australian Women's Health Network

Specific Research Keywords:
Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual violence, Women & Health, Violence, Trauma, Child Protection, Gender Equity and Health



    • Tolliday D;Spangaro J;Laing L, 2018, Therapy with harming fathers, victimized children and their mothers after parental child sexual assault: Forging enduring safety, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315268439

    Journal articles

    • Spangaro J;Koziol-McLain J;Rutherford A;Zwi AB, 2019, '“Made Me Feel Connected”: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence Routine Screening Pathways to Impact', Violence Against Women, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077801219830250
    • Wyatt T;McClelland ML;Spangaro J, 2019, 'Readiness of newly licensed associated degree registered nurses to screen for domestic violence', Nurse Education in Practice, vol. 35, pp. 75 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2018.12.010
    • Spangaro J;Herring S;Koziol-McLain J;Rutherford A;Zwi AB, 2018, '‘Yarn about it’: Aboriginal Australian women’s perceptions of the impact of routine enquiry for intimate partner violence', Culture, Health and Sexuality, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2018.1519117
    • Magee F;Spangaro J, 2017, 'Coming out of the Therapy Closet: Women’s Disclosure of Same-sex Attraction in Counselling', Australian Social Work, vol. 70, pp. 350 - 362, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2016.1275027
    • Spangaro J, 2017, 'What is the role of health systems in responding to domestic violence? An evidence review', Australian Health Review, vol. 41, pp. 639 - 645, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH16155
    • Spangaro J, 2016, 'Review: Using theory to design, implement and evaluate sustained nurse domestic violence screening and supportive care', Journal of Research in Nursing, vol. 21, pp. 445 - 446, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1744987116649842
    • Dowse L;Soldatic K;Spangaro J;Van Toorn G, 2016, 'Mind the gap: The extent of violence against women with disabilities in Australia: The', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 51, pp. 341 - 359, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2016.tb01235.x
    • Spangaro J;Herring S;Koziol-Mclain J;Rutherford A;Frail MA;Zwi AB, 2016, '‘They aren't really black fellas but they are easy to talk to’: Factors which influence Australian Aboriginal women's decision to disclose intimate partner violence during pregnancy', Midwifery, vol. 41, pp. 79 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2016.08.004
    • Spangaro J;Koziol-McLain J;Zwi A;Rutherford A;Frail MA;Ruane J, 2016, 'Erratum: Erratum to “Deciding to tell: Qualitative configurational analysis of decisions to disclose experience of intimate partner violence in antenatal care” (Soc. Sci. Med. (2016) 154C (45–53))', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 162, pp. 227 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.05.041
    • Spangaro JM, 2016, 'Encountering the extent of intimate partner violence in health settings: Not all bad news', International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, vol. 3, pp. 3 - 3
    • Spangaro J;Koziol-McLain J;Zwi A;Rutherford A;Frail MA;Ruane J, 2016, 'Deciding to tell: Qualitative configurational analysis of decisions to disclose experience of intimate partner violence in antenatal care', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 154, pp. 45 - 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.02.032
    • Spangaro J;McNamara L;Blyth J;Myers B;Boxwell R, 2015, 'Use of Intimate Photography in Sexual Assault Prosecution: Who Is Being Deterred?', Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, vol. 22, pp. 682 - 687, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2014.965294
    • Ashmore T;Spangaro J;Mcnamara L, 2015, ''I was raped by Santa Claus': Responding to disclosures of sexual assault in mental health inpatient facilities', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 24, pp. 139 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/inm.12114
    • Spangaro J;Adogu C;Zwi AB;Ranmuthugala G;Davies GP, 2015, 'Mechanisms underpinning interventions to reduce sexual violence in armed conflict: A realist-informed systematic review', Conflict and Health, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13031-015-0047-4
    • Walsh J;Spangaro J;Soldatic K, 2015, 'Global understandings of domestic violence', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol. 17, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12197
    • Lauw ML;Spangaro J;Herring S;McNamara LD, 2013, ''Talk, talk, cry, laugh': Learning, healing and building an Aboriginal workforce to address family violence', Australian Health Review, vol. 37, pp. 117 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH11117
    • Herring S;Spangaro J;Lauw M;McNamara L, 2013, 'The Intersection of Trauma, Racism, and Cultural Competence in Effective Work with Aboriginal People: Waiting for Trust', Australian Social Work, vol. 66, pp. 104 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2012.697566
    • Spangaro J;Adogu C;Ranmuthugala G;Powell Davies G;Steinacker L;Zwi A, 2013, 'What Evidence Exists for Initiatives to Reduce Risk and Incidence of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict and Other Humanitarian Crises? A Systematic Review', PLoS ONE, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0062600
    • McNamara L;Tolliday D;Spangaro J, 2012, 'Are mothers still to blame for child sexual abuse?', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 46, pp. 582 - 583, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0004867411433971
    • Spangaro JM;Zwi AB;Poulos RG, 2011, '"Persist. Persist.": A qualitative study of women's decisions to disclose and their perceptions of the impact of routine screening for intimate partner violence', Psychology of Violence, vol. 1, pp. 150 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0023136
    • Spangaro J;Poulos RG;Zwi AB, 2011, 'Pandora doesn't live here anymore: Normalization of screening for intimate partner violence in Australian antenatal, mental health, and substance abuse services', Violence and Victims, vol. 26, pp. 130 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.26.1.130
    • Spangaro JM;Zwi AB;Poulos RG;Man WY N, 2010, 'Six months after routine screening for intimate partner violence: Attitude change, useful and adverse effects', Women and Health, vol. 50, pp. 125 - 143, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03630241003705060
    • Spangaro JM;Zwi AB;Poulos RG;Man WY N, 2010, 'Who tells and what happens: Disclosure and health service responses to screening for intimate partner violence', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 18, pp. 671 - 680, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2010.00943.x
    • Spangaro J;Zwi AB;Poulos RR, 2009, 'The elusive search for definitive evidence on routine screening for intimate partner violence', Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, vol. 10, pp. 55 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1524838008327261
    • Spangaro J, 2007, 'Eleven obstacles to translating research into policy on gender-based violence', Evidence and Policy, vol. 3, pp. 553 - 566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426407782516493
    • Spangaro JM, 2007, 'The NSW Health routine screening for domestic violence program.', New South Wales public health bulletin, vol. 18, pp. 86 - 89
    • Spangaro J, 1988, 'Child sexual assault and mandatory notification.', The Lamp, vol. 45, pp. 18 - 20


    • Spangaro JM, 2014, Health Interventions for Family and Domestic Violence: A Literature Review for NSW Kids and Families, October 2014, NSW Health
    • Spangaro JM;Zwi AB;Adogu C;Ranmuthugala G;Powell davies G, 2012, What is the evidence of the impact of initiatives to reduce risk and incidence of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict zones and otherhumanitarian crises in lower and middle income countries?, EPPICentre, Social Science Research Unit, University of London, London, Systematic Review Protocols, http://eppi.ioe.ac.uk/cms/Default.aspx?tabid=3174
    • Spangaro JM;Marcus G;Braaf RR, 2010, Understanding domestic violence and integration in the NSW context: A literature review for NSW Department of Community Services, UNSW Global, Sydney, Understanding domestic violence and integration in the NSW context: A literature review for NSW Department of Community Services, http://www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au/PDF%20files/Integration_lit_review_J078249-03.pdf

    Conference Presentations

Teaching and Supervision

SOCW2003: Social Work with Sole Clients andGroups
SOCW2009: Social Work with Individuals and Families

FieldEducationAcademic Consultant

Honours and prizes

Dean's Award for Research Impact, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW, 2017

Best PhD thesis submitted 2010 -School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW,2011

Winston Churchill Fellowship -Study in USA, Canada and UK of health programs for identification and assessment of sexual and domestic violence, 2004


Funder & type




Chief Investigators and title




2 yrs


Hegarty, K, Spangaro, J, Forster, D,

Koziol-Mclain, J, McLindon, E,

Sustainability of identification and response to family violence in antenatal care

CI 2

Engagement and Professional contributions

Member - Australian Association of Social Work

Member Public Health Association of Australia

Member, Women's Health Netowork

NSW Victims of Crime Board, 2000 – 2005 (convened Victims Services, NSW Attorney General’s Department

NSWCriminal Justice Sexual Offences Taskforce,2004-2005 (convened NSW Criminal Law Review Division, NSW Attorney General’s Department)

NSW Joint Investigation Response Teams, 2000 – 2005 (convened NSW Police) (serious child abuse investigations)

NSW Council on Violence Against Women, 2000-2004 (convened Violence Against Women Unit, NSW Attorney General’s Department)

NSW Strategy to Reduce Violence Against Women State Management Group (2002-2004)(convened Director General, NSW Attorney General’s Department)

NSW Child Protection Senior Officers Group, 1998-2005 (convened Cabinet Office and Department of Community Services)

NSW Health Domestic Violence Policy Review Committee 1998 – 2002 (convenor 2000 -2002)

NSW Health Child Protection Taskforce, 1999-2000 (convenor)

NSW Sexual Assault Review Committee 1997-2002 (convened Office of Director of Public Prosecutions)

Member, Management Committee, Dympna House Incest Counselling and Resource Centre, 1993-1997