Current MAEVe Member Projects
ASPIRE: Analysing Safety and Place in Immigrant and Refugee Experience
This community-based participatory research project will generate evidence about the family, cultural and place-based contexts that shape immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of family violence in sites across metropolitan and regional Victoria and Tasmania. The project will also work with participating cultural communities to identify opportunities for supporting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women. Funded by ANROWS.
Gender equity, social transformations and education
The research will investigate how schools and educational systems address issues of family violence and gender-based abuse and disrespect, for example, through curriculum programs such as ‘Respectful Relationships Education’. Initiatives to address gender-based inequalities in school education have been part of the policy and research environment for at least the past four decades. Yet, despite this, gender-based patterns of inequality as well as differences in cultural recognition, relational and interpersonal dynamics, and social possibilities continue to exist for young women and men. New questions and fresh approaches are needed to understand and address these matters. This program of research is being led by Professor Julie McLeod and Dr Cathy Vaughan.
Legal responses to intimate partner homicides
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, in collaboration with Monash University’s Criminology Department and Law Faculty, are reviewing prosecutions of men and women who have killed intimate partners in Victoria. The study explores the impact of the 2005 reforms to defences to homicide with a particular focus on the recognition of family violence. The project is funded by the Legal Services Board. The final report will be released in February 2016.
This project is a prospective cohort study investigating the health and well-being of over 1500 first-time mothers and their firstborn children from early pregnancy to age 10. Data have been collected on common maternal physical and psychological health problems, including depression, anxiety and intimate partner abuse. Information from the study is being used to inform policy and practice in maternity care, early childhood services and primary health care.
Media representations of violence against women and their children
This research will provide nationally relevant baseline data on media representations of violence against women. Content analysis will be used to establish the extent and nature of reporting of violence, and discourse analysis will provide a deeper understanding of the way media articulates and transmits narratives that perpetuate or challenge public opinion about violence against women and their children. Funded by ANROWS and undertaken by Sutherland G., Pirkis J., Holland K., Vaughan C., Easteal P. State of knowledge paper can be found here.
The Centre for Advancing Journalism was selected by Our Watch to work alongside the DART Centre for Journalism and Trauma and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria to develop curriculum material for university journalism students and practicing journalists. The package will provide a background of violence against women and the media’s reporting of the issue as well as guidance around best practice and interviewing survivors. The curriculum aims to embed and support a shift in newsroom culture and practices around reporting on violence against women
The Patricia Project: Pathways And Research In Collaborative Inter-Agency working
This is a two-year project with a focus on exploring the relationship between statutory child protection, family law, and community-based services who seek to support women and children exposed to domestic violence. The intended outcomes are to foster the use of evidence to enhance greater cross-sector collaboration to support women and their children and support stronger accountability for perpetrators of domestic abuse. State of knowledge paper can be found here.
Researchers at the Centre for Advancing Journalism are investigating how violence against women became a news story and the limitations of this change. The research includes an analysis of print, online and broadcast content as well as interviews with news executives and reporters which shed light on how the gendered newsroom affects news agendas. In early 2016 there will be a media intervention led by an experienced journalist with the aim of further improving coverage of violence against women.
The prevention of violence against women and respectful relationships education is an important focus of the Victorian Government’s 10 year State Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and the Federal Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. While there is growing momentum for this work through programs in schools, workplaces, sporting clubs, local government and the media, there has been a lack of prevention work in an early childhood context. This project aims to contribute to an interdisciplinary discourse concerning ways of operationalising violence prevention approaches within social policy across the life course, starting in early childhood.
This action research project aims to increase access to sexual and reproductive health and violence response services for women with disability in the Philippines. The project has documented high levels of violence against women with disability and a range of barriers to violence services, and has developed interventions to strengthen disability inclusion in national responses to violence against women. Funded by DFAT and UNFPA.
The WITH Project
The WITH Project (Women’s Input into a Trauma-Informed Systems Model of Care in Health Settings) involves digital storytelling workshops at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. These workshops involved a group of five women who created short multimedia stories about their experience accessing mental health and/or sexual violence services. These creative digital ‘life stories’ will be shared with practitioners and clinicians in order to help them understand the issues women face when accessing services. The workshops were funded by ANROWS as part of the WITH Project on which Kelsey Hegarty and Laura Tarzia are investigators.
ANROWS was commissioned by the Victorian Government to advise on a family violence index that will measure how well family violence is being addressed in Victoria. The research team, led by Kelsey Hegarty, will define what measures, statistics and data should be included in the index.
The aim of this project is to improve the parenting experience of children whose fathers have used domestic or family violence. Including a consortium of NGOs and Governments from three states (Vic, SA & WA) and the Northern Territory across three program areas: 1) Men’s Behaviour Change 2) Culturally specific programs for Indigenous men who have perpetrated family violence 3) Fathering programs that address abuse.
Sexual harassment and everyday sexism: Definitions, regulations, strategies and support for young people and children
This research aims to provide a map and stock of current research and policy frameworks addressing sexual harassment in relation to young people and children. It situates sexual harassment along a continuum that includes sexualisation, abuse and everyday sexism. It seeks to clarify current terminology, and canvass the range of regulatory, legal, social and popular definitions of sexual harassment across public sector services that support, educate or deal with young people and children. This includes identifying research that explores the perspectives of young people and children on these matters.
Not The Only One is a safe online space for women to anonymously read, share, and connect with each other’s stories. It aims to give women currently experiencing violence or who have survived violence a voice, and to help them realise that there are other women out there with similar stories.
I-DECIDE is a website for women to self-reflect on the health of their relationships, become more informed about what might help them, and plan for their safety and wellbeing.