Project Summary - PI.17.09
Perpetrator interventions strategic research priority 3.3 Models to address diversity
This project will contribute new knowledge and practice principles for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people affected by domestic and family violence (DFV). While recognising the importance of an inclusive approach within the LGBTIQ community and acknowledging gender fluidity, the research will highlight the perpetration of DFV against LGBTIQ people who self-identify as women and effective responses for these particular victims/survivors.
The study involves a partnership between ACON and Relationships Australia (NSW), which will tailor and trial the Relationships Australia Family Safety Program with perpetrators and victims/survivors of DFV who are part of the LGBTIQ community. The project proposes to trial group programs for three cohorts of perpetrators and victims/survivors including: women who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, and queer; men who self-identify as gay, bisexual and queer; and a mixed LGBTIQ group.
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/survivors 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.
The research team will be supported by a project reference group comprised of key academics, clinicians and researchers in the areas of LGBTIQ theory and practice, DFV interventions and social work practice.
Mr Brandon-Leith Bear, ACON
Dr Jen Hamer, Relationships Australia (NSW)
Dr Rebecca Gray, Research Consultant
Mr Brent Mackie, ACON
Ms Kai Noonan, ACON
Ms Alexandra (Tommy) Walker, ACON
Mr Andrew King, Relationships Australia (NSW)
Professor Sarah Wendt, Flinders University
Emeritus Professor Thea Brown, Monash University
Dr Philomena Horsley, La Trobe University
Dr Jemima Petch, Relationships Australia (QLD)
Mr Chris Pye, Relationships Australia (QLD)
Ms Karen Field, Drummond Street
Associate Professor Christy Newman, University of New South Wales