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Violence against women and children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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Developing a place-based health response to address domestic, family and sexual violence

Project length
18 months

Community-controlled health services can become critical intervention points for people who use domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV).

Mununjali Health Service (MHS), a new Indigenous health service, was created to promote, develop and expand comprehensive health care through community-controlled health services in Beaudesert, Queensland.

In partnership with the Social Research Centre (SRC), this research project will utilise a community-led, participatory approach to develop a health response to addressing DFSV and complementary evaluation framework to measure the impact.

Research aims

The research aims to understand the health profile of people who use violence in order to develop a needs-based intervention. The community-led approach will be a case study of the methods and tools used for designing a health response to addressing DFSV and create a complementary evaluation framework and implementation.


The methodology is centred on Aboriginal voices through participatory action research in a place-based setting. The methods used will be designed in conjunction with community members, Elders and stakeholders. Collection of qualitative and quantitative data will be undertaken and supported by knowledge translation, sense-making and iterative dialogue in workshops, peer groups and yarning circles.


This research will produce an evidence base for culturally appropriate local health services in Beaudesert, Queensland to not only build the capacity of the Mununjali Health Service (MHS), but also demonstrate the need for further funding for their services.

It will contribute to knowledge gaps about the profile of users of DFSV as well as refining evidence related to the health determinants of perpetration. This work will provide a case study of place-based participatory research with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Additionally, aspects of this project will contribute to Australia’s First Nations Social and Emotional Wellbeing Measures that are culturally derived.


Project lead

Paul Paulson, Chair, Mununjali Health Services

Research team

Barry Fisher, First Nations Researcher, Social Research Centre

Kylie Brosnan, Head of Strategy, Social Research Centre

Julie Connolly, Director, Social Research Centre

Georgie Halse, Senior Research Consultant, Social Research Centre

Stephen Cuttriss, Research Director, Social Research Centre

Alex Cahill, Senior Research Consultant, Social Research Centre

Nikki Honey, Head of Longitudinal Studies, Social Research Centre

Daryl Higgins, Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University


$255,512.63 (excluding GST)

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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