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Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness

Project length
1 year

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priority:
2.1 Defining and measuring effectiveness

This project focuses on the development of quality of life (QOL) indicators and associated definitions to measure effectiveness of domestic and family violence (DFV) men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs), including QOL indicators for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence. The research will be completed in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

It will include a literature review to identify QOL measures for DFV interventions that have been developed with the direct involvement of clients. Semi-structured interviews with 100 women will include the administration of a QOL instrument across the domain areas of wellbeing related to physical, psychological, social and environmental factors. Engagement of DFV partner services will also occur through the project advisory group and practitioner workshop to support development of evaluation mechanisms inclusive of QOL indicators.


Project Lead

Dr Helen McLaren, Flinders University

Research expertise

Dr Lana Zannettino, Flinders University

Dr Jane Fischer, Flinders University

Research partners

Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Micah Projects Inc., Brisbane, Queensland

Carinity Talera, Carinity Baptist Community Services, Brisbane, Queensland

Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation, Adelaide, South Australia

No To Violence Men’s Referral Service, Male Family Violence Prevention Association, Melbourne, Victoria

SANDBAG Community Centres and Services, Brisbane, Queensland

Women’s Liberation Halfway House Domestic Violence Service, Melbourne, Victoria

Women’s Safety Services SA, Adelaide, South Australia.



Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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