Associations between domestic violence in pregnancy and women’s and their subsequent children’s outcomes

Project Details

Domestic violence is an international public health issue and an important policy focus in Australia, where one in four Australian women have experienced domestic violence since the age of 15. There are many risk factors that increase the likelihood of a woman experiencing domestic violence, such as being young, being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, separating from a partner and financial stress. The risk of domestic violence also increases during pregnancy, and is associated with children’s poorer health and developmental outcomes.

The right@home trial recruited a large cohort of Australian women for their experience of adversity in pregnancy and conducts detailed assessments with women and their subsequent children until children start school, including questions about domestic violence. Within this trial, there is an exciting opportunity for a motivated Honours student to identify evidence gaps around relationships between domestic violence and maternal and/or child outcomes during the early years, and investigate these research questions using data from the unique right@home cohort.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to Masters by Research, Honours to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Group


Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Key Contact

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

Department / Centre



Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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