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Dr Rojan Afrouz



Lecturer, Social Work


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus

+61 3 524 79612


Rojan is a lecturer in social work at Deakin University. She completed her BSW and MSW in Tehran, where she worked as a social worker for several years prior to moving to Australia. She worked with disadvantaged individuals and communities and actively promoted social work policy and strategies to support women and children in Tehran. She completed her PhD in 2019 from Deakin University, which focused on Afghan women’s perceptions and understanding of domestic violence and their barriers to seeking help in Australia. Apart from her ongoing interest in researching domestic violence, she is working on new approaches to social work practice, research, and education. 

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Research interests

Addressing violence against women 

New approach to social work education, research and practice

Units taught

HSW452 Working in Uncertainty 

HSW235 Community Development 

HSW111 Theories for Social Work practice 

Knowledge areas

Uncertainty and social work, Critical social work, feminist social work. 

Research on domestic violence against women 


• Department of Social Work, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences Iranian Scientific Association of Social Work 11th – 12h September 2021 Online Symposium Abstract Title: Approaching uncertainty in social work education, a lesson from COVID-19 pandemic.
• The 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference (IFSW, APASWE, AASW). Social Work and the Sustainable Development Goals. November 11-13 2021 Brisbane, Australia. Abstract Title: Family violence at the time of pandemic: The impact on women from CALD communities. With Dr Kim Robinson


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Afghan women perceptions of gender roles, possibilities and barriers to change after settlement in Australia: A qualitative study

R Afrouz, B Crisp, A Taket

(2022), pp. 1-18, Qualitative Social Work, London, Eng., C1

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Developing inclusive, diverse and collaborative social work education and practice in Australia

Rojan Afrouz

(2022), Vol. 10, pp. 280-296, CRITICAL AND RADICAL SOCIAL WORK, C1

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LGBTQ+ Loss and Grief in a Cis-Heteronormative Pandemic: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis of the COVID-19 Literature

J Lucas, S Bouchoucha, R Afrouz, K Reed, S Brennan-Olsen

(2022), Vol. 32, pp. 2102-2117, Qualitative Health Research, C1

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Experiences of domestic violence among newly arrived afghan women in Australia, a qualitative study

R Afrouz, B Crisp, A Taket

(2021), Vol. 51, pp. 445-464, British Journal of Social Work, C1

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Understandings and Perceptions of Domestic Violence Among Newly Arrived Afghan Women in Australia

R Afrouz, B Crisp, A Taket

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 2511-2529, Violence Against Women, United States, C1

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Approaching uncertainty in social work education, a lesson from COVID-19 pandemic

R Afrouz

(2021), Vol. 20, pp. 561-567, Qualitative social work, London, Eng., C1

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The Nature, Patterns and Consequences of Technology-Facilitated Domestic Abuse: A Scoping Review

R Afrouz

(2021), pp. 1-15, Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, London, Eng., C1

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Exploring Rural and Regional Social Workers' Perceptions and Practices of Technology-Facilitated Domestic Abuse

S Williams, R Afrouz, S Vassos

(2021), Australian Social Work, C1

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Afghan Women's Barriers to Seeking Help for Domestic Violence in Australia

R Afrouz, B Crisp, A Taket

(2021), Australian Social Work, C1

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Seeking Help in Domestic Violence Among Muslim Women in Muslim-Majority and Non-Muslim-Majority Countries: A Literature Review

R Afrouz, B Crisp, A Taket

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 551-566, Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, United States, C1

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Online education in social work, effectiveness, benefits, and challenges: a scoping review

Rojan Afrouz, Beth Crisp

(2020), Vol. 74, pp. 55-67, Australian social work, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Religious literacy for responding to violence and abuse involves the capacity to go beyond stereotypes

B Crisp, S Epstein, R Afrouz, A Taket

(2018), Vol. 11, pp. 100-108, International journal of human rights in healthcare, Bingley, Eng., C1

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