EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
Hidden voices: Children’s and young people’s experiences of living with and/or being exposed to intimate abuse and family violence in CALD communities in WA
"Hidden voices" is a research project that aims to document the first-hand experiences of children and young people living with and/or exposed to domestic and family violence (DFV) in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Western Australia. The research project aims to address some of the gaps in existing research on the impacts of DFV on children and young people from CALD backgrounds and the implications for policy and service delivery.
The project’s primary objectives are 1) to gather evidence on the nature and prevalence of CALD children's and young people’s exposure to DFV and the impacts of the exposure; 2) to address some of the gaps in existing research on the intersections of disadvantage and inequalities experienced by CALD young people impacted by DFV; 3) to identify the existing barriers facing CALD young people and their families in accessing support services; and 4) to identify how service providers, policymakers, educators and health professionals can better respond to the specific needs of young people in culturally safe ways.
This research project uses a participatory mixed methods approach with three stages:
1. comprehensive literature review of relevant research and published reports on the impacts of CALD children and young people living with and/or exposed to DFV
2. quantitative and qualitative data collection: firstly, an online survey will be conducted with CALD young people across Western Australia. Secondly, in-depth qualitative interviews will be conducted with 20 to 25 CALD young people (aged 9 to 25 years) who have been exposed to DFV
3. detailed thematic analysis of research data using a feminist narrative inquiry approach informed by the framework of intersectionality.