Suellen’s areas of research expertise include the history of domestic violence services and social policy concerning domestic violence, which were the topics of her book, More than Refuge: Changing Responses to Domestic Violence (UWA Press, 2002).
She has also researched the life histories of people who grew up in care and has co-authored the book, After the Orphanage: Life Beyond the Children’s Home (UNSW Press, 2009).
Her most recent books are Supporting Adult Care-leavers: International Good Practice, (Policy Press, 2015), the co-authored Half a Citizen: Life on Welfare in Australia (Allen & Unwin, 2011), which won the 2011 Australian Human Rights Award for Non-fiction Literature, and Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011).
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Social policy concerning violence against women, history of domestic violence services, care-leaver life histories and social policy, Australian women's peace movement, in-depth interviewing and oral history