Best practice principles for interventions with domestic and family violence perpetrators from refugee backgrounds

Project Summary - PI.17.10

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priority 3.3 Models to address diversity

This project intends to provide evidence to inform interventions for perpetrators of refugee backgrounds that are responsive to refugees’ experiences of torture and trauma.  This sequential exploratory mixed methods study will utilise an integrative literature review; qualitative interviews (n=40) with community members of Burmese, Afghan, Sudanese, Iraqi and Iranian backgrounds and focus groups with CALD & refugee services, DFV services and mainstream services (n= 16-20); followed by a two round Delphi method approach with informed community members from dominant refugee regions. The project aims to develop consensus around underpinning principles for culturally appropriate and effective perpetrator interventions in order to support the development and delivery of culturally appropriate trauma informed DFV interventions with perpetrators from refugee communities. Deliverables from this project will include the development of best practice principles and guidelines.


Project Lead

Professor Colleen Fisher, University of Western Australia

Research expertise

  1. Professor Lisa Wood, University of Western Australia
  2. Dr Karen Martin, University of Western Australia 

Practitioner expertise

  1. Ms Amanda Gillett, Association for Services to Torture & Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)
  2. Ms April Pearlman, ASeTTS 

Project length

2 years