Our Research

We research the health effects of intimate partner violence and the health sector responses needed to improve the safety, health and well-being of families.

We work on current gaps in evidence, giving priority to populations often excluded or overlooked in domestic and family violence research. Our research strengthens the evidence-base for novel face-to-face and technological tools and interventions.

 

 
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We work across three programs of activity:


A)   Understanding the dynamics of abuse and resilience through the analysis of longitudinal data sets.


B)   Testing clinician early identification of abuse and first line responses.
 

C)   Developing and testing child, parent and carer programs for safety and resiliency.

How our research interconnects

In Program A, we are drawing on established longitudinal cohorts (mother/child, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families, and men) to examine underlying dynamics of IPV.

We are utilising mixed methods and participatory co-design to develop tailored responses to different types of abuse, levels of severity, family contexts and resiliency factors.

New knowledge is being generated through process analyses of randomised controlled trials (RCTs - general practice, maternal and child health services and online).

Underpinned by recent global systematic reviews available to our Centre, this evidence synthesis is informing further development and testing of a new early intervention health systems model tailored to all family members (Program B); and for therapeutic child parent/carer interventions in family services (Program C).

We are working to bridge the translational gap between evidence-based interventions and clinical practice through our collaborations and our extensive experience of training practitioners and implementing health service interventions.