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Violence against women and their 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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KODY – Researching an all-of-family program in family violence and substance misuse

Background

The co-occurrence of domestic and family violence (DFV) with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues is shown to significantly increase the severity of abuse and violence experienced by family members. AOD issues are also an established risk factor for DFV recidivism. The perpetrators of DFV are predominantly men; their victims, women and children. Programs for men who use violence generally focus on addressing the violence and abuse directed at women (their partners or ex-partners). Children, who are half of those affected, are rarely in focus. This research will evaluate the KODY program (Kids First [Caring Dads] and Odyssey House) which integrates all-of-family support with a group work program for fathers who use violence as well as have AOD issues.

Aim

The project has a range of aims, including evaluating the KODY program’s effectiveness in supporting safety for mothers and children; understanding the combined impact of DFV and AOD, and the implications for service responses as well as the processes that strengthen the integration of the DFV and AOD sectors; and bridging practice and policy silos.

Methods

The KODY research comprises:
1) a traditional quasi-experimental summative evaluation and formative evaluation
2) a developmental evaluation to explore specific innovations in the project.

Research components investigating all-of-family service approaches and incorporating children’s voices and cross-sectoral collaboration and the policy context will be developed using action research principles. A range of methodologies and data collection methods will be used, underpinning the program of evaluation with mixed methods.

Significance

The research will investigate a range of issues emerging from a recent evaluation of Caring Dads, including the problems associated with the co-occurrence of DFV with AOD issues; the lack of attention to children’s needs; the requirement to develop safe, "all-of-family" responses; and the need for an appropriate policy context that responds to programming and resourcing for families with intersecting problems. Expected outcomes include better evidence for countering family violence; evaluation measures for programs addressing fathering, DFV and AOD; and policy frameworks for integrated service provision. Changing the behaviour of men who use violence is a significant social challenge and the outcomes of this targeted approach should have ramifications nationally and internationally.

Funding Body

Australian Research Council (Project ID: LP200200847)

Funding Budget

$548,430

Project start date

September 2020

Expected completion date

June 2024
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