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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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Best practice principles for interventions with domestic and family violence perpetrators from refugee backgrounds

This project developed a set of practice principles for interventions with men from refugee background who use domestic and family violence.

The study involved:

  • an integrative literature review;
  • qualitative interviews (n=40) with community members of Burmese, Afghan, Sudanese, Iraqi and Iranian backgrounds; and
  • focus groups with service providers working in men’s behaviour change programs, women’s services, women’s health, refugee services and domestic and family violence services.

The proposed principles of practice were developed based on the findings from these research phases, which were then tested and confirmed with a panel of experts using a structured interaction methodology (Delphi technique).

The project identified that when working with men from refugee backgrounds, it is important to understand violence in the context of refugee trauma and settlement challenges, and recognise and work within refugee family and community structures.

The full set of principles and sub-principles is available in the Research report.

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This work is part of the ANROWS Research reports series. ANROWS Research reports (Horizons) are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.


Authors

PROFESSOR COLLEEN FISHER
School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia

DR KAREN MARTIN
School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR LISA WOOD
School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia

MS ELIZABETH LANG
Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (formerly)

MS APRIL PEARMAN
Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (formerly)


ISBN: 978-1-925925-29-6 (print) | 978-1-925925-30-2 (online)

131 pp.

 

Suggested citation

Fisher, C., Martin, K., Wood, L., Lang, E., & Pearman, A. (2020). Best practice principles for interventions with domestic and family violence perpetrators from refugee backgrounds (Research report, 09/2020). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.

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