Our Research

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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 violence and abuse research. Our research strengthens the evidence-base for novel face-to-face and technological tools and interventions.


How our research interconnects

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

  • 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 and resilience to inform early engagement development.

  • In Program B, underpinned by systematic reviews by our Centre, we are developing and testing new early early engagement health systems models tailored to all family members; 

  •  In Program C, we are trialing therapeutic child parent/carer interventions in family services to enable referrals from a strengthened health system.

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 engagement.

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We work across three programs of activity:

A) Understanding the dynamics of abuse and resilience.

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

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