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Family Violence Research grant projects announced

Six successful projects funded under the second phase of the Family Violence Program 2021–2024

Thursday, 14 July 2022 at 11:52 pm

Six research projects have been funded under Phase 2 of the Family Violence Research Program 2021–24.

Funding for Phase 2 of the program is $1.2 million which builds on $2.5 million for Phase 1 announced in 2022. 

Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Ros Spence announced the successful projects, which will help build an evidence base for best practice family violence interventions, service delivery and innovation leading to better outcomes for victim survivors. 

The design and approach of Phase 2 was informed and influenced by people with lived experience of family violence. Members of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council helped develop and guide the selection of research topics.

Research applicants were also required to demonstrate how they would incorporate lived experience to their proposed project, from design to delivery stages, as assessed by a lived experience panel.

Research topics for Phase 2 address evidence gaps in priority research topics – including children and young people, multicultural communities and embedding lived experience in research. 

The six research projects are being conducted by five grant recipients, partnering with 15 sector organisations and peak bodies. 

Project themes include access for children and young people to crisis accommodation, multicultural community services for family violence and two projects looking at service feedback models with victim survivors of sexual violence as well as family violence.

Phase 2 research project recipients

Research subject areaProject titleLead organisationLead chief investigator
Children and young people as victim survivors in their own rightThe ACCESS projectUniversity of MelbourneA/Prof Georgina Sutherland
Children and young people as victim survivors in their own rightUnsafe and unseen: spotlighting unaccompanied children and young people seeking shelterRMIT UniversityElena Campbell
Family violence as experienced by people from diverse communitiesSAFER: Successful and Family-oriented, Enculturated ResponsesDeakin UniversityDr Lata Satyen
Family violence as experienced by people from diverse communitiesSharing WISDOMUniversity of MelbourneProf Cathy Vaughan
System lens research topicsCo-designing a service feedback model with victim-survivors of sexual violenceLa Trobe UniversityA/Prof Leesa Hooker
System lens research topicsEmbedding lived experience in family violence service design, delivery and evaluationMonash UniversityDr Naomi Pfitzner

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