Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children


Based at the University of Melbourne, MAEVe strives to make a difference to the lives of women, men, children, families and communities by addressing and preventing violence against women and their children through interdisciplinary collaboration and participatory research co-designed with survivors.

We do this by drawing together research and evaluation capacity from across the university in partnership with community, industry and government agencies.

For more information, visit the website here.

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Who we are


Led by Co-chairs, Professors Kelsey Hegarty and Cathy Humphreys with a diverse steering committee of academics from across the University and teams of researchers, we focus on:


Primary prevention

  • Community attitudes to family violence

  • Respectful relationships in schools

Secondary prevention

  • Health sector responses to family violence

  • Children’s voices and experience of family violence

  • Sexual violence and reproductive coercion

  • Technology tools for self-assessment

  • Family violence in migrant and refugee communities

Tertiary prevention

  • Working with fathers

  • Intersection of family violence with child protection

  • Gender based violence throughout history and the Asia Pacific

  • Legal responses to family violence

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Our achievements

  • Awarded a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to promote Safer Families

  • Established a lived experience panel of women who have experienced violence, the WEAVERs, (Women and their children who have Experienced Abuse and Violence: Researchers and advisors)

  • WEAVERs was developed to ensure that the voices of women and children are central to the work of MAEVe, and was conceived as having an advisory and co-production role to influence the research agenda of MAEVe

  • Monthly seminar series on topics as diverse as applying for family violence intervention orders, children’s experience of trauma and violence, reproductive coercion and domestic violence and housing

  • Provided seed funding for projects on violence against women and their children

  • Forums on Early Intervention to prevent violence against women and their children and the use of Technology to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children

  • Made submissions to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

  • Over 700 members on a database

  • Supported the International Conference on Domestic Violence and Health, November 2018 with 400 delegates

  • Over $10 million earned in grants