We seek to understand more about domestic & family violence & sexual assault, & determine the effectiveness of strategies to make our communities safer for all. 

Evaluation of the North Queensland Women’s Service Sexual Assault Response Team Trial

This study involves an evaluation of North Queensland Combined Women’s Service’s (NQCWS) participation in a trial Sexual Assault Response Team model and explores the implications of the trial for broader responses to sexual violence in Queensland, specifically any lessons that would inform best practice for responding to people who experience recent sexual assault.

TIMEFRAME: August 2017 – August 2019

SPONSOR: Child Safety, Youth and Women

Walking with Dads

The aim of this evaluation was to inform future implementation and roll out of the Walking with Dads program based on identifying who it works for, under what circumstances and how. Trialled in four Queensland Child Safety Service Centre locations; Caboolture, Caloundra, Gympie and Mount Isa. Walking with Dads is a new approach to child safety practice when working with families affected by domestic and family violence (DFV). Its aim is to reduce DFV through greater engagement and accountability of perpetrators in their role as fathers and empowerment of victims in their role as mothers.

TIMEFRAME: January 2017 – June 2019

SPONSOR: Child Safety, Youth and Women

The Relationship between Gambling and Domestic Violence against Women

CQUniversity conducted a study into the relationship between gambling and domestic violence (DV) against women – including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. It aimed to improve DV support and gambling help services for women.

Participants included:

  • Women affected by DV linked to their own or a male partner’s gambling, or who use gambling venues as a “safe space” to escape from
  • Women affected by financial abuse linked to a male partner’s
  • Men who have engaged in a behaviour change program for controlling or violent behaviours towards a female partner, and where gambling was an issue for either of them.

SPONSOR: Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)

Examining the Role of Procedural Justice

This project examined the role of different elements of procedural justice in domestic and family violence (DFV)-related court proceedings for victim engagement in civil and criminal justice proceedings and perpetrator compliance with civil and criminal justice responses and engagement in related interventions. The study aimed to capture perceptions and experiences of procedural justice by victims, perpetrators and ‘court-related’ staff. Court-related staff included magistrates, police prosecutors, and operational police officers serving respondents with a DVO, court support workers and duty lawyers.

TIMEFRAME: June 2017 – December 2018

SPONSOR: CQ University

PARTNER: Department of Justice and Attorney General

Evaluation of the Child Protection and Berry Street Joint Initiative

Initiated in 2015, the initiative was developed in recognition that a more joined up service response across family violence and child protection was necessary to support women and children affected by domestic and family violence (DFV).  The initiative included Berry Street women’s and men’s workers co-located with CP and working together as part of investigation/assessment services.

QCDFVR conducted a process and outcome evaluation in 2017 utilising a mixed methods approach. The evidence collected from practitioners and families shows the joint initiative is contributing towards many of the expected short-term outcomes for families.  More monitoring and outcome information is required to assess medium to long term outcomes.

TIMEFRAME: May 2017 – November 2017

SPONSOR: Victoria Department of Health and Human Services (Ballarat Central Highlands Area) and Berry Street