Encouraging Women of Nhill Victoria Australia, in partnership with Salvation Army and Wimmera Family Violence Prevention Network is proud to have Dr Caroline Taylor speak at their upcoming function on November 3rd 2004. Encouraging Women is a non party political and non profit group aiming to provide high profile guest speakers to encourage, stimulate and motivate women in our community. Encouraging Women was developed in response to an identified need within community to facilitate and support women from all walks of life and experiences. Encouraging Women is a subcommittee of Nhill Neighbourhood House Learning Centre
Former Encouraging Women guest speakers include Mrs Lila Hensley; Dr Judith Slocombe - Telstra Australian Businesswoman of Year 2002; Ms Dur-e Dara - Restauranteur; The Hon. Joan Kirner - Former Victorian Premier; Christine Nixon - Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police and Ms Jenny Buckland - CEO Australian Children's Television Foundation. Encouraging Women has forged strong links within Nhill community and speakers often attend Nhill College to talk to students and staff.
Dr Caroline Taylor is a University of Ballarat Post Doctoral Fellow. Dr Taylor was awarded 2001 Jean Martin Award by Australian Sociological Association for her groundbreaking research into way Victorian courts deal with rape within family and she is also included in 2002 Who's who of notable Australians. Dr Taylor has also successfully secured a criminology research grant of $55,905, with Dr Beverly Blaskett, also from University of Ballarat.
Dr Taylor is herself a victim/survivor of sexual abuse and studied more than 17,000 pages of transcripts from every Victorian trial dealing with intrafamilial sexual abuse during 1995 for her PhD thesis.
Dr Taylor's internationally acclaimed thesis has been published by American publisher Peter Lang entitled "Court Licensed Abuse" in a format that takes reader on a voyage of discovery into six different trials where every piece of evidence is revealed, even evidence withheld from jury.
A second book, "Surviving The Legal System," launched recently at national Home Truths conference on sexual assault, is an insiders view of what it is to be a victim-witness in a rape trial in Victoria.