VOICES (Transforming responses to intimate partner and sexual violence: Listening to the voices of victims, perpetrators and services)

Project Details

Intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) are pervasive issues within the Australian community, significantly impacting the wellbeing of women and children. Navigating the service system to seek safety is challenging. Understanding the experiences of those who do is necessary to improve service responses and to focus on healing and recovery.

This large-scale national project captures the experiences and perspectives of victims and survivors, people who use violence, and service providers. By building an understanding of help-seeking journeys, this project addresses a gap in the evidence base, which has previously been limited to discrete contexts of help-seeking, such as emergency departments, primary healthcare providers and the court system.

The broader view of the help-seeking journey in this study informs service design and policy responses across service systems.

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Kelsey Hegarty

Laura Tarzia

Kirstin Diemer

Minerva Kyei-Onanijiri

Mandy McKenzie

Matt Addison

Jacqueline Kuruppu

Maria Koleth

Patricia Cullen

Dominiek Coates



Safer Families Centre

Research Group

Sexual and Family Violence (SAFE)

School Research Themes

Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

General Practice and Primary Care Research

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