Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectiveness
Perpetrator interventions strategic research priority:
2.1 Defining and measuring effectiveness
This project focused on the development of quality of life indicators for women who have experienced domestic and family violence, to be included in evaluations of men’s behaviour change programs. The research was undertaken in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
The project included a literature review to identify quality of life measures for domestic and family violence interventions that were developed with the direct involvement of clients. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 100 women. Interviews included the administration of a quality of life instrument across the domain areas of wellbeing related to physical, psychological, social and environmental factors.
This study found that women experienced a broad range of fears which impacted on their quality of life. Women’s top priorities for quality of life were autonomy, informal relationships and emotional health. This study developed a proposed set of additional items for assessing quality of life in the context of intimate partner violence, to be tested and validated in the World Health Organisation’s Quality of Life instrument (short version) (WHOQOL-BREF).
Defining quality of life indicators for measuring perpetrator intervention effectivenessDownload
Women’s quality of life as a measure of effectiveness of perpetrator interventions Download
Key findings and future directions
Dr Helen McLaren, Flinders University
Dr Lana Zannettino, Flinders University
Dr Jane Fischer, Flinders University
Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Micah Projects Inc., Brisbane, Queensland
Community Baptist Services, 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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