PEARL: Promoting EArly intervention with men’s use of violence in ReLationships through primary care

Project Details

Domestic violence (DV) is a complex problem requiring interdisciplinary collaboration to prevent and lessen its impact. General practitioners (GPs) are well-placed to identify and respond to this issue, since they are regularly seen for associated health issues. The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children 2012-2022, sees intervention with perpetrators of violence as an essential part of prevention. However, there is an evidence gap in primary care around how to intervene early with men who use violence and what methods are effective.

The PEARL study will address this gap by exploring strategies for early intervention in primary care for men who use violence against their partners. The intervention will incorporate training for GPs, as well as new response and referral pathways for men who use violence in relationships, including the use of technology.


Dr Laura Tarzia, Deputy Head of Abuse and Violence research unit
Ms Kirsty Forsdike-Young
Professor Cathy Humphreys


Rodney Vlais, 'No To Violence'
Associate Professor Michael Flood, University of Woollongong
Professor Gene Feder, University of Bristol UK
Nexus Primary Care


Australian Primary Care Health Research Institute (APCHRI) Grant

Research Group

Researching Abuse and Violence: RAVE

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Women's Health

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

General Practice

Unit / Centre

Researching Abuse and Violence: RAVE