Beyond Silence


Project Lead

Laura Tarzia

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What’s this project about?

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) through the Discovery Early Careers Reward. It aims to understand women’s experiences of sexual violence perpetrated by an intimate partner, identify their help-seeking needs, and explore the use of the internet as a means of support.

Despite the fact that one in ten Australian women have experienced sexual violence by a male partner, with severe effects on wellbeing and quality of life, sexually abusive behaviours such as rape, assault, coercion and threats within relationships are poorly understood and shrouded in silence.

What can we expect to come out of this project?

This project will provide women with an evidence-based, trauma-informed website that will help them name the abuse, provide initial support, and promote help-seeking to improve their safety, quality of life and connection to the community.


What has this project achieved so far?

  • 38 in-depth qualitative interviews with victim/survivors focusing on understanding the lived experience of IPSV and exploring help-seeking. 

  • A digital storytelling workshop with 7 victim/survivors. The digital stories illustrate the diversity and complexity of IPSV and highlight the womens' journeys towards healing.