EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
Strengthening Australia’s domestic and family violence workforce
This project aims to generate an evidence base on the nature of domestic and family violence (DFV) work and the implications for the DFV workforce across victim, perpetrator and Aboriginal specialist services. Using the innovative method of rapid ethnography, this project expects to provide a comparative understanding of DFV work
and workforce practices and requirements. Expected outcomes include workforce development strategies that are responsive to the context and needs of DFV work. Given the high social, health and economic costs of DFV, investing in the DFV workforce has national benefits including improved services and better client and worker wellbeing.
This research is centred on exploring the nature of DFV work and what this means for strengthening and planning for Australia’s DFV workforce.
It aims to:
1. Generate a coherent, qualitative evidence base on the nature and experiences of DFV work across three key domains: victim services, perpetrator services and Aboriginal specialist services.
2. Conceptualise the DFV workforce with reference to the nature of the work across these three domains.
3. Recommend workforce development strategies that are responsive to the context and needs of DFV work.
The project will use a layered qualitative design informed by rapid ethnography. Rapid ethnography is a multi-method ethnography, generating extensive information from numerous sources and perspectives over a relatively short period of time. It is an intense, deliberate and theoretically engaged dive into key practice and analytical points of workers’ lives. Rapid ethnography is designed to explore and capture the complexities and conditions of work and facilitate interpretation of workplace culture and social organisation as well as individual practices. It generates the data to identify complex relationships between individual and agency practice and structural and discursive drivers. Each site will have three data collection processes: 1) agency and document analysis; 2) interviews; and 3) observation.