EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
ESTIE: Evidence to support Safe & Together implementation and evaluation
The ESTIE project is an action research study that builds on the foundations of previous projects with the Safe & Together Institute, government departments in New South Wales and the University of Melbourne research team led by Professor Cathy Humphreys.
Using an action research and capacity-building model, the ESTIE project will explore how problems relating to drug and alcohol use and mental health issues are used to exacerbate the tactics of power and control that can be deployed against victims and survivors. The project will also investigate how practitioners can integrate this knowledge and understanding into their practice.
This project aims to evaluate the capacity-building community of practice approach in NSW Health services in four localities to develop best practice all-of-family work where DFV co-occurs with parental substance use and/or mental health issues. It will use a practice-led research approach to build the evidence base in this area.
This project involves:
- practice-led research through ethnographic note-taking of community of practice discussions
- pre- and post-case assessment of case file documentation
- surveys and focus groups with research participants
- online survey of clients of community of practice members.