EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
The earliest warning signs of intimate partner abuse
Women’s exposure to intimate partner abuse (IPA) has not been reduced in the last decade even with increased funding and national awareness programs. Due to the nature of IPA and its effects on a woman’s internal and external resources over time, the longer she is living within an abusive relationship, the harder it becomes for her to escape. However, differentiating between relationships with abusive behaviours and those with non-abusive behaviours is a complex process.
Identifying the earliest warning signs (EWS) is critical to reducing women’s exposure to IPA. These EWS are a constellation of often subtle controlling actions that, observed together, may be able to help women recognise abuse in their relationships.
The aim of this research project is to identify EWS of IPA in heterosexual relationships, and to develop, implement and evaluate education materials based on the findings.
This study involves a qualitative phenomenological exploration and the evaluation of a primary prevention program.
In phase one of the project, in-depth interviews will be conducted with between 10 and 15 women with lived experience of IPA. The results of the interviews will inform the development, implementation and evaluation of education materials in phase two of the project.
Listening to the voices of survivors will empower the participants and ensure the language connects with, and gives meaning to, other women.