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Brian Sullivan

B.A. Dip.Ed. B.Theol. M.Ed.Sts (Guidance & Counselling). PhD (University of Toledo, Ohio)
Senior Lecturer - Domestic Violence
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Sciences
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
Floor 20 - 160 Ann St, Brisbane
About Me

Brian is committed to an understanding of domestic violence as not only as gendered pattern of coercive violence, but as ongoing criminal justice, public health and human rights issues where the safety, freedom, and dignity of women and children are under threat.

His research interests include accountability in the domestic violence sector, effectiveness of collaborative community approaches to domestic violence intervention, identifying and managing unintended consequences of domestic and family violence interventions, and working with men for change. He began work as Senior Lecturer, Head of Program for the Domestic and Family Violence Practice suite of courses at CQUniversity in June 2019.


After 15 years working in leadership roles in the education and human service sectors, Brian undertook advanced counsellor training in the USA. He completed his doctorate in counselling and mental health at the College of Health and Human Services, University of Toledo, Ohio in 2000, where he researched readiness for change in court-mandated male perpetrators of domestic violence.

While in the USA, Brian also trained in the Duluth Model of Domestic Violence Intervention, and he has worked intensively with court-ordered men using the Duluth program.

On returning to Australia, Brian was instrumental in designing and developing the Master of Counselling Program at the University of Queensland, where he coordinated a course in Violence Issues in Counselling. Brian has also provided training for professionals in Domestic Violence Intervention Programs for men who perpetrate intimate partner violence, and with communities organising collaborative community responses to domestic violence.

He has regularly presented at Queensland Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officers (DVLO) training, and trained Probation and Parole Offices of Queensland Corrective Services annually since 2003. Brian has also completed a review of the Queensland Police Service First Year Constables Domestic Violence Intervention Training Package, and in 2008, was appointed a White Ribbon Ambassador.

In 2009 Brian was contracted by the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project to present their three day Level 1 facilitator training and two day Level 2 facilitator training in the Duluth Curriculum “Creating a Process of Change for Men who Abuse”.

For the last three years Brian has worked at YFS, Logan, as the practice manager of five men’s domestic violence intervention groups per week. He has supervised Facilitators of the Men’s Program, Women’s Counsellors and Women’s Advocates in the Domestic and Family Violence Program at YFS, Logan.

Brian has also written a men’s domestic violence intervention program and been consulted by government and non-government organisations on integrated responses and men’s domestic violence intervention.

He is currently on the Board of the Red Rose Foundation and the Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Strangulation Prevention..


I have recently returned to academia after a stint in the field, as a practice manager of a men's domestic violence intervention program. Bringing recent practice experience, I believe, enables me to contribute to working more safely and effectively, with an awareness of the shortfalls and pitfalls of intervention systems in terms of victim/survivor safety focus and perpetrator/offender accountability measures.

Universities Studied At

For undergraduate studies and postgraduate degrees, I have studied at James Cook University, Monash University, University of Queensland, and University of Toledo, Ohio.

Universities Worked At

I have worked at University of Toledo, Ohio; University of New England, NSW; University of Queensland, St Lucia; and Central Queensland University, Brisbane Campus, along with some sessional work at ACU, Brisbane..

Previous teaching

Master of Counselling Program - UNE, Armidale, NSW

Master of Counselling Program - UQ, St Lucia, Qld.

Professional Experience

Family therapy practicums in Italy with Professore Maurizio Andolfi

Trained in the Duluth program, in Duluth Minnesota, USA.

Professional Memberships

I am a member of the Australian Counselling Association -

I am a board member of the Red Rose Foundation -

I am on the Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute for Strangulation Prevention (AISP) -


Senior lecturer - Head of Course: domestic and family violence practice - Central Queensland University

Professional Interests

System accountability in the domestic violence sector; men's domestic violence intervention programs; processes of change for men who are using violence and coercive control; content and curriculum for men's anti-violence programs; facilitation competencies in working involuntary clients in groups.

Key Achievements

Designed and developed a Masters of Counselling Program which was a collaborative effort between 2 schools - psychology and social work - at University of Queensland

Consultancy Work

I have been a consultant for Queensland Police Service; Queensland Corrective Services; and various domestic violence agencies working with female victims and male perpetrators.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
  • 4402 Criminology
  • 1699 Other Studies in Human Society

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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