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Phase 2 Research Program

Family Safety Victoria (FSV) has identified six priority research topics, related to the subject areas of the Research Agenda, to be funded in Phase 2.

FSV has identified six priority research topics, related to the subject areas of the Research Agenda, to be funded in Phase 2. These topics were identified through consultation and build upon research priorities identified through development of the Research Agenda and Phase 1.

The research topics respond to current gaps in the evidence base. They have been compiled from analysis of current research and following extensive consultations with stakeholders, including Victorian Government departments and community sector organisations. 


The Family Violence Research Grants Program: Phase 2 Guidelines are provided for prospective applicants and include Frequently Asked Questions that will be updated throughout the application period.

In Phase 2, FSV is piloting the Embedding Lived Experience in Research: Guiding Elements to support a partnership model (the lived experience guiding elements). Applicants must demonstrate their proposed approach to including experiences of people with lived experience of family violence.

Phase 2 of the Family Violence Research program is open from 3 pm on 3 March 2023 and closes at 3 pm on 3 April 2023. Applications must be submitted in full using the Department's Grants Gateway.

Apply now via the Grants Gateway

Research subject areas and priority research topics 

Subject area 1: Children and young people as victim survivors in their own right 

  • Research topic 1.1: What works (from the perspective of children and/or young people) for children and/or young people when accessing crisis accommodation? 

Subject area 2: Family violence as experienced by Aboriginal people and communities

  • Research topic 2.1: What does success look like for Aboriginal people who use family and/or sexual violence? 

Subject area 3: Family violence as experienced by people from diverse communities 

  • Research topic 3.1: What counts as success for multicultural community services as part of a coordinated response to family violence? 
  • Research topic 3.2: What protective factors and facilitators lead to successful engagement for people with a disability accessing family violence and/or sexual violence services? 

Subject area 4: Sexual violence and harm

  • Research topic 4.1: What approaches work to support children and/or young people who experience sexual assault? 

Subject area 5: System lens research topics

  • Research topic 5.1: What, from the perspective of victim survivors, are meaningful, safe and effective ways to gather feedback to strengthen family violence service delivery?