Harnessing research capacity to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children.

What is MAEVe?

The Melbourne research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children is an interdisciplinary network of researchers, survivors, practitioners and community organisations engaged in creating research that helps prevent and respond to violence against women and their children. We welcome new members and are always keen to build relationships with (and between) people and organisations.

MAEVe is focused on the production of high-quality research that is rigorous, significant and arises from a deep engagement with those who have lived experiences of domestic and family violence.

As part of our commitment to putting the voices of women and children at the centre of our research, MAEVe is advised and guided by the WEAVERs, a panel of women who have experienced violence.

MAEVe welcomes involvement from researchers in the family, domestic and sexual-assault spaces from all disciplines. We women with lived experiences of family violence who would like to advise on and conduct research alongside our academics.

We invite practitioners and community organisations to also become part of the alliance, and work with us both on research design and production, and the transfer and translation of research outcomes.

MAEVe functions like a community of practice, running a range of networking, knowledge sharing and professional development events and activities.

We also have a monthly newsletter that is a great resource for researchers and students, and a wonderful way for community organisations to share programs.

Community organisations involved in MAEVe are able to source skilled researchers, get good quality data to inform the development of programs and activities, have input into the development of future research projects and build relationships with other organisations in the area. As part of our commitment that is truly engaged, we have developed Memorandums of Understanding with several community organisations, and are looking to develop more in the future.