Silke moved to Australia from Bremen, Germany, in 2006 to commence her PhD at Griffith University on the help-seeking decisions of women affected by intimate partner violence.

She has a background in Criminology, Victimology and Social Work and has worked with victims and offenders of crime. Silke teaches into the curricula of the School of Social Science. Her current postdoctoral research focuses on cultural and regional differences in the experiences and perceptions of intimate partner violence and the related risk of homelessness among Indigenous and non-Indigenous women.

Some of her other most recent research includes the evaluation of an integrated response to intimate partner violence in Queensland and a national evaluation of educational programs designed to reduce and prevent teen dating violence.

Research interests

  • Gender (Violence against Women, Social Structure and Power Imbalances)
  • Responses to intimate partner violence and homelessness
  • Culture and Social Marginalisation
  • Youth and Deviance (Restorative Justice, Punishment and Deterrence