Department of Family and Community Services

A STRONGER EVIDENCE BASE TO PREVENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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17 Jul 2013

Minister for Women Pru Goward today announced the NSW Government is investing $620,000 to strengthen the evidence base to prevent domestic violence, through three major violence prevention studies.

The three studies will evaluate existing programs and approaches to deepen the evidence base on domestic violence in NSW and the results will improve services and lives by informing the NSW Government’s future funding priorities.

“It is essential that we build a strong evidence base to determine the effectiveness of current primary prevention and early intervention initiatives, and help to build better services,” Ms Goward said.

“The three studies funded under the Violence Prevention Review and Evaluation Program will each respond to a prevention outcome recommended in the recently released ‘It Stops Here’ Reforms.

“Professor Moira Carmody from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Western Sydney will lead one of the studies that will focus on the best violence prevention approaches for men and boys through educational, social and recreational means.

“It is crucial we engage men and boys in gender violence prevention activities to promote new cultural norms of respect and non-violence. Working with young men to provide them with alternative ways of being men is important for them and for women and children,” Professor Moira Carmody said.

Ms Goward said “The Australian Institute of Family Studies will undertake two studies.

“One will explore child-centred responses to family violence, with the aim of curbing inter-generational violence. Supporting children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence is a crucial part of averting the cycle of violence.

“The third study will review the effectiveness of current interventions that target groups and communities at higher risk of experiencing domestic and family violence, such as the Aboriginal community and culturally and linguistically diverse groups,” she said.

Domestic Violence NSW Chief Executive Officer Tracy Howe said “DV NSW is pleased that the NSW Government is investing in studies to properly inform the way the community tackles the issue of violence and in particular prevention strategies.

“We are encouraged that the Government has commissioned studies with a child focus to inform sound strategy going forward. We know that the only way to tackle violence against women and children in the long term is to assess impacts on, and solutions for, children.

“DV NSW looks forward to being able to access current research that identifies barriers that may be currently preventing women from seeking the support and safety they deserve,” Ms Howe said.

The draft Domestic and Family Violence reforms are currently available for the public to read and comment on at the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website at www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au. Public feedback closes on Tuesday 23 July at 5pm.