Position

Professor in Social Work
Social Work

Biography

Sarah was appointed in 2016. She has a PhD from the University of South Australia and has taught in social work for over a decade. Prior to academia Sarah practiced in the field of domestic violence. She has published 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. 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Social Work Honours (2000), University of South Australia.

Bachelor of Arts (2001) Adelaide University.

PhD University of South Australia.

Honours, awards and grants

Grants

Category 1.

2017-2018 ANROWS ($93 000) Wendt, S., Seymour., K., Buchanan, F., Gray, R., Dolman, C., & Greenland, N. Engaging men: Invitational-narrative approaches to working with men who use violence in intimate partner relationships.

2015-2017 ANROWS ($210 000) Wendt, S,. Chung C., Hendrick, A. Seeking help for domestic violence: exploring rural women's coping experiences.

2013-2016 ARC Discovery Grant ($210 000) Franzway, S., Wendt, S., Moulding, N., Zufferey, C., & Chung, D. Gendered violence and citizenship: effects of intimate partner violence on mental health, housing and employment.

2009-2012 ARC Linkage Grant ($80 000) Bagshaw, D., Wendt, S., & Zannettino, L. Preventing the financial abuse of older people by a family member.

Category 2.

2017 Department of Child Protection, South Australia ($110 000) Wendt, S., Elder, A., Moss, D. Social Work Living Lab.

2016 Relationships Australia ($15 000) Wendt, S. Evaluating health relationships program in a women's prison.

2015 Country Health SA ($2700) Wendt, S. Understanding domestic violence.

2014 Uniting Communities ($40 000) Wendt, S. & Buchanan, F. Working with men who use violence.

2013 Northern Adelaide Medicare Local ($48 000) Wendt, S., Tedmanson, D., Moulding, N., & Buchanan, F. Improving safety and wellbeing of women and children, Aboriginal Family Violence.

2009-2010 Department for Families and Communities ($40 000) Wendt. S. & Baker, J. Evaluation of the Sturt Street Project.

2009-2010 Attorney Generals Department ($310 000) Bagshaw, D., Brown, T., Campbell, A., Wendt, S., & Tinning, B. Provision of Research into Family Violence since the 2006 Family Law Reforms.

Teaching interests

Applying theory to social work practice.

Social Work Identity.

Interpersonal violence and abuse.

Topic Coordinator:

  • SOAD9060  Social Work Theories in Diverse Context

Research expertise

  • Social work

Research interests

Sarah has an interest in violence against women and their children, feminisms, gender, and rurality.

Supervisory interests

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

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor : Child sexual abuse (UniSA) (1) ; Men's perpetration of domestic violence (UniSA) (1) ;

Completion

Associate supervisor : 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) ;

Publications

  • Moulding, N. and Wendt, S.C. (2016). Introduction. In Sarah Wendt & Nicole Moulding, ed. Contemporary Feminism in Social Work Practice. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 1-8.
  • Wendt, S.C. (2016). Intimate Violence and Abuse in Rural Contexts. In Joseph F Donnermeyer, ed. The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 191-200.
  • Wendt, S.C. (2016). Domestic Violence and Feminism. In Sarah Wendt & Nicole Moulding, ed. Contemporary Feminism in Social Work Practice. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 209-219.
  • Wendt, S.C. (2016). Conversations about theory: feminism and social work. In Sarah Wendt & Nicole Moulding, ed. Contemporary Feminism in Social Work Practice. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 11-23.
  • Wendt, S.C. and Moulding, N. (2016). Conclusion. In Sarah Wendt & Nicole Moulding, ed. Contemporary Feminism in Social Work Practice. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 303-308.
  • Chung, D. and Wendt, S.C. (2015). Domestic violence against women: policy, practice and solutions in the Australian context. In Andrew Day & Ephrem Fernandez, ed. Preventing Violence in Australia: Policy, Practice and Solutions. Annandale, NSW: The Federation Press, pp. 202-215.
  • Wendt, S.C. (2012). Engaging with sea-change and tree-change families over time. In Jane Maidment & Uschi Bay, ed. Social work in rural Australia: enabling practice. Crows Nest, N.S.W: Allen & Unwin, pp. 176-190.
  • Wendt, S.C. (Ed.). (2016). Contemporary Feminisms in Social Work Practice. London: Routledge.
  • Wendt, S.C. and Zannettino, L. (2015). Domestic violence in diverse contexts: a re-examination of gender. New York: Routledge.
  • Wendt, S.C., Chung, D., Elder, A.S. and Bryant, L. (2015). Seeking help for domestic violence: Exploring rural women’s coping experiences. Sydney: Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS).
  • Franzway, S., Wendt, S.C., Moulding, N., Zufferey, C. and Chung, D. (2015). Gendered violence and citizenship: The long term effects of domestic violence on mental health: Preliminary Report. Magill, South Australia: University of South Australia: School of Communication, International Studies and Languages.
  • Wendt, S.C. (2009). Domestic violence in rural Australia. Annandale NSW: The Federation Press.
  • Wendt, S. and Zannettino, L. (2014). Does gender still matter? Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria Advocate, 2(Spring/Summer) pp. 41-44.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Wendt, S. and Zannettino, L. (2014). Our reflections on the writing and publishing of a co-authored book. Nexus - the TASA Newsletter, 26(3) pp. 34-35.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Bagshaw, D., Brown, T., Wendt, S., Campbell, A., McInnes, E., Tinning, B., et al. (2010). Family Violence: Parents' and Children's experiences before and after the 2006 reforms. Australian Family Lawyer, 21(2) pp. 11-18.
    [Web Link]
  • Bagshaw, D., Wendt, S. and Zannettino, L. (2007). Our Actions to Prevent the Abuse of Older South Australians 2007. Research report for the Office for the Ageing.
  • Moulding, N., Franzway, S., Wendt, S.C. and Chung, D. (2016). Domestic violence and mental health: situating women's emotional distress in everyday gender power relations. In STOP Domestic Violence Conference 2015: Canberra: conference proceedings - peer reviewed. Nerang, Qld: ANZ Mental Health Association. STOP violence conference 2015.
    [Web Link]
  • Baratosy, R. and Wendt, S.C. (2017). Outdated Laws, Outspoken Whores”: Exploring sex work in a criminalised setting. Women's Studies International Forum, 62 pp. 34-42.
    [10.1016/j.wsif.2017.03.002] [Scopus]
  • Buchanan, F. and Wendt, S.C. (2017). Opening doors: Women’s participation in feminist studies about domestic violence. Qualitative Social Work,
    [10.1177/1473325017694081] [Web Link]
  • Zufferey, C., Chung, D., Franzway, S., Wendt, S.C. and Moulding, N. (2016). Intimate partner violence and housing: eroding women's citizenship. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 31(4) pp. 463-478.
    [10.1177/0886109915626213] [10.1177/1440783315599594] [Scopus]
  • Shea, R., Bryant, L. and Wendt, S.C. (2016). ‘Nappy bags instead of handbags’: Young motherhood and self-identity. Journal of Sociology,
    [10.1177/1440783315599594]
  • Wendt, S., Bagshaw, D., Zannettino, L. and Adams, V. (2015). Financial abuse of older people: A case-study. International Social Work, 58(2) pp. 287-296.
    [10.1177/0020872813477882] [Scopus]
  • Moulding, N., Buchanan, F. and Wendt, S.C. (2015). Untangling self-blame and mother blame in women’s and children’s perspectives on maternal protectiveness in domestic violence: Implications for practice. Child Abuse Review, 24(4) pp. 249-260.
    [10.1002/car.2389] [Scopus]
  • Buchanan, F., Wendt, S.C. and Moulding, N. (2015). Growing up in domestic violence: What does maternal protectiveness mean? Qualitative Social Work, 14(3) pp. 399-415.
    [10.1177/1473325014547251] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Bagshaw, D., Adams, V., Zannettino, L. and Wendt, S. (2015). Elder mediation and the financial abuse of older people by a family member. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 32(4) pp. 443-480.
    [Scopus]
  • Wendt, S.C., Buchanan, F. and Moulding, N. (2015). Mothering and domestic violence: understanding maternal protectiveness within gender power relations. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(4) pp. 533-545.
    [10.1177/0886109915570925]
  • Zannettino, L., Bagshaw, D., Wendt, S. and Adams, V. (2015). The role of emotional vulnerability and abuse in the financial exploitation of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in Australia. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 27(1) pp. 74-89.
    [10.1080/08946566.2014.976895] [Scopus]
  • Adams, V., Bagshaw, D., Wendt, S. and Zannettino, L. (2014). Financial abuse of older people by a family member: A difficult terrain for service providers in Australia. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 26(3) pp. 270-290.
    [10.1080/08946566.2013.824844] [Scopus]
  • Pestka, K. and Wendt, S.C. (2014). Belonging: women living with intellectual disabilities and experiences of domestic violence. Disability & Society, 29(7) pp. 1031-1045.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Stevens, N. and Wendt, S.C. (2014). The "good" Child Sex Offender: Constructions of Defendants in Child Sexual Abuse Sentencing. Journal of Judicial Administration, 24(2) pp. 95-107.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Bagshaw, D., Wendt, S., Zannettino, L. and Adams, V. (2013). Financial abuse of older people by family members: Views and experiences of older Australians and their family members. Australian Social Work, 66(1) pp. 86-103.
    [10.1080/0312407X.2012.708762] [Scopus]
  • Buchanan, F., Wendt, S.C. and Moulding, N. (2013). Maternal protectiveness amid domestic violence. Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria Advocate, 2 pp. 24-27.
    [Web Link]
  • Prosser, B., Tuckey, M.R. and Wendt, S.C. (2013). Affect and the lifeworld: Conceptualising surviving and thriving in the human service professions. Health Sociology Review, 22(3) pp. 318-327.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Wendt, S. and Baker, J.L. (2013). Aboriginal Women's Perceptions and Experiences of a Family Violence Transitional Accommodation Service. Australian Social Work, 66(4) pp. 511-527.
    [10.1080/0312407X.2012.754915] [Scopus]
  • Wendt, S.C., Schiller, W., Cheers, B., Francis, K. and Lonne, B. (2011). Exploring social workers’ personal domains in rural practice. Journal of Social Work, 12(2) pp. 194-210.
    [10.1177/1468017310382323] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Bagshaw, D., Brown, T., Wendt, S., Campbell, A., McInnes, E., Tinning, B., et al. (2011). The effect of family violence on post-separation parenting arrangements. The experiences and views of children and adults from families who separated post-1995 and post-2006. Family Matters, 86 pp. 49-61.
    [Scopus]
  • Wendt, S.C., Tuckey, M.R. and Prosser, B. (2011). Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in Emotionally Demanding Fields of Practice. Health and Social Care in The Community, 19(3) pp. 317-325.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Wendt, S.C. and Hornosty, J. (2010). Understanding Contexts of Family Violence in Rural, Farming communities: Implications for Rural Women’s Health. Rural Society: The Journal of Research Into Rural and Regional Social Issues in Australia and New Zealand, 20(1) pp. 51-63.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Bagshaw, D., Wendt, S. and Zannettino, L. (2009). Preventing the abuse of older people by their family members. Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse Stakeholder Paper, 7 pp. 1-16.
    [Web Link]
  • Baratosy, R. and Wendt, S.C. (2017). Outdated Laws, Outspoken Whores”: Exploring sex work in a criminalised setting. Women's Studies International Forum, 62 pp. 34-42.
    [10.1016/j.wsif.2017.03.002] [Scopus]
  • Buchanan, F. and Wendt, S.C. (2017). Opening doors: Women’s participation in feminist studies about domestic violence. Qualitative Social Work,
    [10.1177/1473325017694081] [Web Link]
  • Zufferey, C., Chung, D., Franzway, S., Wendt, S.C. and Moulding, N. (2016). Intimate partner violence and housing: eroding women's citizenship. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 31(4) pp. 463-478.
    [10.1177/0886109915626213] [10.1177/1440783315599594] [Scopus]
  • Shea, R., Bryant, L. and Wendt, S.C. (2016). ‘Nappy bags instead of handbags’: Young motherhood and self-identity. Journal of Sociology,
    [10.1177/1440783315599594]
  • Wendt, S.C., Buchanan, F. and Moulding, N. (2015). Mothering and domestic violence: understanding maternal protectiveness within gender power relations. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(4) pp. 533-545.
    [10.1177/0886109915570925]
  • Wendt, S., Bagshaw, D., Zannettino, L. and Adams, V. (2015). Financial abuse of older people: A case-study. International Social Work, 58(2) pp. 287-296.
    [10.1177/0020872813477882] [Scopus]
  • Moulding, N., Buchanan, F. and Wendt, S.C. (2015). Untangling self-blame and mother blame in women’s and children’s perspectives on maternal protectiveness in domestic violence: Implications for practice. Child Abuse Review, 24(4) pp. 249-260.
    [10.1002/car.2389] [Scopus]
  • Buchanan, F., Wendt, S.C. and Moulding, N. (2015). Growing up in domestic violence: What does maternal protectiveness mean? Qualitative Social Work, 14(3) pp. 399-415.
    [10.1177/1473325014547251] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Zannettino, L., Bagshaw, D., Wendt, S. and Adams, V. (2015). The role of emotional vulnerability and abuse in the financial exploitation of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in Australia. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 27(1) pp. 74-89.
    [10.1080/08946566.2014.976895] [Scopus]
  • Bagshaw, D., Adams, V., Zannettino, L. and Wendt, S. (2015). Elder mediation and the financial abuse of older people by a family member. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 32(4) pp. 443-480.
    [Scopus]

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