Developing and testing LGBTIQ programs for perpetrators and survivors of domestic and family violence

Project Summary - PI.17.09

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priority 3.3 Models to address diversity

This study will tailor and trial the Relationships Australia Family Safety Program with perpetrators and victims of DFV who are part of the LGBTIQ community.  The research will focus on effective responses to violence against women within LGBTI communities. In order to examine interventions with women in these communities, the project proposes to trial group programs for 3 cohorts of perpetrators and victims/survivors including: women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, and queer; men who identify as gay, bisexual and queer; and a mixed LGBTIQ group.

The project aims to provide new knowledge and practice principles for working with members of LGBTIQ communities who perpetrate DFV. 

The quasi-experimental mixed method design will use a literature review, pre and post intervention surveys and qualitative interviews with clients and professionals.  It aims to generate information about the nature of violence in LGBTIQ relationships including the role that gender plays in characterising DFV and the extent to which gender based interventions are required for LGBTIQ victims and perpetrators.

Proposed outcomes for the project include an increased understanding of the nature of DFV within LGBTIQ communities, information to guide screening and intake of LGBTIQ clients into programs and the role of behaviour change groups in increasing safety for women and children in these communities.


Project Lead

Mr Johann Kolstee, ACON

Research expertise (service based)

  1. Dr Rebecca Gray, Relationships Australia (NSW)
  2. Dr Tim Broady, Relationships Australia (NSW) 

Practice expertise

  1. Ms Elizabeth Shaw, Relationships Australia (NSW)
  2. Mr Andrew King, Relationships Australian (NSW)   
  3. Ms Claudia Stephenson, Relationships Australia (NSW)
  4. Mrs Shannon Wright, ACON
  5. Ms Kai Noonan, ACON

Research partners

Reference group, including:

  1. Dr Philomena Horsley, La Trobe University
  2. Emeritus Professor Thea Brown, Monash University
  3. Dr Christy Newman, UNSW
  4. Dr Sarah Wendt, Flinders University
  5. Dr Jemima Petch, Relationships Australia Queensland and Queensland University of Technology
  6. Chris Pye, Relationships Australia Queensland

Project length

2 years