Alissar El-Murr

Alissar El-Murr

Senior Research Officer
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Dip Youth Work (VU), BSocSci (Hons; RMIT), PhD (La Trobe)

Alissar El-Murr trained as a social scientist and has expertise in the areas of violence against women, law and policy analysis, public health, young people and qualitative methods. Alissar has worked in academic settings, and in non-government organisations focused on refugee and migrant communities and the prevention of violence against women and children, both in Australia and the Middle East. In 2012, Alissar was awarded a Harold Mitchell Travelling Fellowship to work in consultation with UN Women in Cairo and develop recommendations for a framework to eliminate violence against women and girls in Egypt. Alissar is interested in the construction of women, and violence against women, in law and policy, and mainly writes about violence and abuse, abortion, feminisms, and gender equality.

At the Institute, she works across the Policy and Service Systems research team and the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Information Exchange. Alissar has also worked with the Sexual Violence and Family Law and Family Violence research teams. Current projects include a review of the Local Support Coordinator role in domestic and family violence services across Australia; an investigation into frontline child protection worker’s experiences of occupational violence; and a scoping project concerned with family violence in refugee and recently arrived migrant communities in Australia. 

Alissar completed a PhD at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society in 2017. The thesis explores policies about violence against women to show the ways in which feminism and the new public health converged with criminal justice discourses to develop the primary prevention of violence against women framework, representing an unprecedented and important shift in Victorian government.

Selected publications

El-Murr, A. (2017). Problem sexual behaviours and sexually abusive behaviours in Australian children and young people. CFCA Paper No. 46. Melbourne: Child Family Community Australia Information Exchange, Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Quadara, A., El-Murr, A. & Latham, J. (2017). The effects of pornography on children and young people: An evidence scan. (Research Report). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

El-Murr, A. (2012). ‘“Women and men’s lives are different”, “Women experience more fear”: The challenge of gender equality in the Women’s Safety Strategy Policy (2002) in Victoria, Australia’. Conference paper presented at the International Conference on Gender Equality and Law, Eastern Mediterranean University. Famagusta, Cyprus, October 4.

El-Murr, A. (2012). ‘Tragic Irish case shows abortion laws must respect women’s health’. The Conversation, 29 November.

El-Murr, A. (2010). ‘Representing the problem of abortion: Language and the policy making process in the abortion law reform project in Victoria, 2008’. The Australian Feminist Law Journal (33): 121-140.