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 UnitingCare Men Sustaining Change pilot program

It has long been recognised that many men require follow-up support after attending a Men’s Behaviour Change Program to continue their process of behaviour change. UnitingCare utilised QCDFVR findings from the evaluation of Men Choosing Change to internally fund a two-year pilot (July 2021 – June 2023). The pilot program is called Men Sustaining Change, which provides a co-gendered facilitated peer support group for men who completed Men Choosing Change. QCDFVR is conducting a developmental evaluation working closely with UnitingCare to regularly provide findings to inform policy and practice and to identify outcomes for participants and their partners/ex-partners and children. The evaluation team are Dr Sue Carswell and Dr Liane McDermott.

TIMEFRAME: September 2021 – August 2023

SPONSOR: UnitingCare

Evaluation of the Strangulation Trauma Centre Trial

The Red Rose Foundation has taken a significant lead in putting non-fatal strangulation on the public agenda. Prior experience of non-fatal strangulation increases six-fold the chances of becoming a victim of attempted domestic homicide, and seven-fold the chances of becoming a victim of domestic homicide (Glass et al., 2009). In September 2021, the Red Rose Foundation launched the Strangulation Trauma Centre (STC) to provide immediate and long-term support, counselling, and systems advocacy for women who have experienced non-fatal strangulation. The Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) commissioned the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) to evaluate a twelve-month trial of the Strangulation Trauma Centre (January 2022-January 2023). This trial is an Australian first.

TIMEFRAME: January 2022 – January 2023

SPONSOR: Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG)