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 Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services

QCDFVR was commissioned to evaluate the early implementation of the Women’s Health and Wellbeing Support Services (WHWSS) during 2019-2020.  Existing services are funded to deliver WHWSS to support women’s longer-term recovery from gender-based violence which was identified as a gap in service delivery by the Queensland Government’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence (the Taskforce, 2015).

The evaluation findings across 10 sites demonstrated the high need and value of WHWSS services.  While providers developed a range of place-based service delivery models, there were many common elements of good practice to support women’s longer-term recovery.  It is important to consider how these practices work together as a system of support and provide mutually reinforcing benefits for women.  The findings regarding WHWSS service design and delivery highlighted the following enablers of this ‘support system’ for women:

Service approaches/philosophy: client-led, trauma-informed, empowerment approaches, practice informed by a DFV lens

Service types: multi-dimensional with mix of case management, therapeutic counselling, group programs, workshops/information sessions and social connection activities

Service structures: open, multiple entry points on journey from crisis to recovery, flexible, free, tailored to client needs, availability of long-term counselling to heal trauma

Integration into local service system: referral networks that enable access into WHWSS and referrals to other services women need including DFV crisis services; collaborative partnerships to broaden types of services offered to women

Place based: responsive to local needs and context

Culturally responsive: engaging with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities and providers.


TIMEFRAME: June 2019 – May 2020

SPONSOR: Child Safety, Youth and Women

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

Evaluation of UnitingCare Men Choosing Change Program (Stage 2 and Stage 3 reports)

As one of the largest providers of Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCPs) in Queensland, UnitingCare has acknowledged its responsibility to contribute to evidence-building. In 2018, UnitingCare initiated a longitudinal evaluation of their MBCP, Men Choosing Change, and commissioned an evaluation from QCDFVR. The evaluation has been conducted in three stages beginning with a collaborative co-design process to develop the evaluation design with UnitingCare staff and managers and key stakeholders at sites across the five regions within Queensland that this program is delivered.

Stage 2 examined early outcomes for program participants and their partners/ex-partners and children at the time men completed Men Choosing Change. We also examined the implementation of the program. In collaboration with UnitingCare we conducted a knowledge translation and exchange process of Stage 2 findings with staff and managers during 2021 to identify strengths and areas to develop and improve.

Stage 3 examines the longer-term outcomes for the men who participated in Men Choosing Change during 2019 and their partners/ex-partners and children. The findings are contextualised with our findings from the Stage 2 and recent studies of other MBCPs. We also reflect on the implications of these findings for UnitingCare to develop their practice approach within Men Choosing Change.

TIMEFRAME: June 2018 – March 2022

SPONSOR: UnitingCare

Click here to view ‘Stage 2’ report

‘Stage 3’ report to be released

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)