KASAMA Vol. 19 No. 3 / July-August-September 2005 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network

Woman in Danger or Dangerous Woman?
Contesting Images of Filipina Victims of Domestic Homicide in Australia

In conjunction with Central Queensland University’s Faculty of Arts, Health and Science’s Distinguished Visitor’s Program, the Qld Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research is delighted to host a presentation by Dr. Nicki Saroca

Nicki Saroca Date:        Tuesday 18 October 2005
Time:        11.00am – 12.15pm
        (45 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes discussion & questions)
Venue:      Building 6, Room G.03, CQU Mackay Campus, Boundary Road

Dr Nicki Saroca is a Post Doctoral Fellow within the Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Her PhD research focused on Filipino women, violence and media representation and her current research project, titled “Interpersonal and Family Relations in Intercultural/Transnational Marriages”, involves a particular focus on Filipino–Australian couples and their families.  

Nicki’s presentation will explore the contesting images and representations of two Filipino women in Australia – both victims of domestic homicide – as ‘woman in danger’ and ‘dangerous woman’ in the narratives of their families and friends and Australian and Philippine newspapers.  Implications of these competing images include:

•    reinforcing stereotypes of Filipino women;
•    legitimising the notion that Filipino women need Australian men to rescue them from poverty;
•    silencing the history of domestic violence that both women experienced; and
•    shifting responsibility for the violence away from their killers and onto the women themselves.

This event is free of charge. Please RSVP to Annie Webster on (07) 4940 7834 or Email:

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