Deborah  Walsh Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Deborah Walsh

The University of Queensland

Deb Walsh is a social work practitioner who is a specialist in domestic and family violence work. She has 20 years’ experience working with women victim/survivors of domestic and family violence, together with 9 years’ facilitating intervention programs for domestically violent men. Deb is currently lecturing at the University of Queensland in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.


Deb conducted a landmark study on the level, extent and nature of violence against women during pregnancy uncovering the hidden number of women who suffer in silence at the hands of a violent partner.  She also developed one of Australia’s first risk assessment frameworks for use in family violence work and continues to provide training and consultancy to the health and welfare field. Deb recently published a text book, ‘Working with domestic violence: Contexts and frameworks for practice’ released in January 2019 and currently sits on the Queensland Child Death Case Review Panel.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Deb's current research interests include the link between companion animals and domestic violence; high income women’s pathways to safety; nonlethal strangulation; socio economic status and domestic violence; best practice interventions for violent men and government policy.  

Personal Interests

    Deb has a passion for educating the next generation of social workers and counsellors to be the best they can be.


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