Featured Projects

Intimate partner violence and help-seeking behaviour among migrant and non-migrant women in Australia Principal CI: Dr Lata Satyen This project collected nationally representative data from 677 migrant and non-migrant women prior to and during the Royal Commission into Family Violence in Australia. The study found that both groups of women experienced physical, emotional, and financial abuse at a high rate with 72.77% of migrant women reporting the abuse compared to 68.31% of non-migrant women suffering abuse. Across both groups of women, there was a greater identification of needing help but a reduced rate of seeking help. Both groups identified a range of barriers to seeking help. This is the first Australian research project that has compared reporting rates and help-seeking behaviour before and during a Royal Commission. The findings from this study have implications for understanding the nature of help-seeking behaviour and barriers to seeking help among victim-survivors of intimate partner violence and incorporating strategies to better inform and assist women to address the violence they experience. Publications related to this study include: Satyen, L., Toumbourou, J.W., Heerde, J., Supol, M., & Ranganathan, A. (2020). The Royal Commission into Family Violence: Trends in reporting and help-seeking behaviour. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Available online at:https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519897341 Satyen, L., Piedra, S., Ranganathan, A., & Golluccio, N. (2018). Intimate partner violence and help-seeking behaviour among migrant women in Australia. Journal of Family Violence, 33 (7), 447-456. Available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-018-9980-5      

Information dissemination strategies for family violence in cross-cultural communities Principal CI: Dr Lata Satyen This funded (Wyndham Community Health Grant) project examined how family violence-related information could be effectively disseminated to culturally diverse communities using a public health approach and the Community Readiness Model. Women from the Burmese and Indian communities, community leaders and 54 community organisations participated in the study. The findings showed that women from the two communities had a high level of knowledge about family violence, but that this was mainly associated with traditional spousal relationships and behaviours associated with physical violence and to a lesser extent to acts associated with sexual, financial or religious abuse. There was a high level of community preparedness to disseminate information. The findings suggest that information dissemination is most effective when we engage and include community stakeholders to promote and diffuse health information to the community. The publication related to this project is: Satyen, L., Hansen, A., & Supol, M. (2020). Family violence knowledge in culturally diverse communities and organisational preparedness to disseminate information. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 31, 287-297. Available online at: https://doi/10.1002/hpja.277

The merits of police body-worn cameras in response to domestic and family violence Lead CIs: Dr Mary Iliadis (Deakin University), Dr Danielle Tyson (Deakin University), Dr Bridget Harris (Queensland University of Technology), Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Monash University) and Dr Zarina Vakhitova (Monash University) This project is the first study, internationally, to examine the merits and consequences of policy body-worn cameras in response to domestic and family violence. The CI’s pilot study was informed by a survey that received 528 responses from Western Australia and Queensland police, and interviews with 30 DFV stakeholders. The researchers’ findings are forthcoming in the Palgrave Handbook on Gendered Violence and Technology, edited by Associate Professor Anastasia Powell, Associate Professor Asher Flynn and Dr Lisa Sugiura, which will be published in 2021. The researchers are also preparing various journal articles for publication. The second phase of the project involves a national study of victims’ perceptions and experiences of police body-worn cameras. This project is currently under review for a Category-1 grant with the Criminology Research Council, Australian Institute of Criminology (outcome pending).

Bail Law Reform and Women’s Criminalisation Lead CIs: Dr Emma Russell (La Trobe University), Dr Bree Carlton and Dr Danielle Tyson (Criminology, Deakin University), Hui Zhou, Megan Pearce and Jill Faulkner (Fitzroy Legal Service) This study combined analysis of statistical data with observations of the Bail and Remand Court and interviews with criminal defence and duty lawyers to investigate the drivers of women’s increasing rates of remand. The study found that often women’s offending is low-level, but that there are a ‘constellation of circumstances’ that contribute to their criminalisation and incarceration, including homelessness, poverty, family violence, untreated health problems and addiction. The findings also suggest that recent reforms to the Bail Act 1977 (Vic) have impacted upon remand rates and that policing has become ‘tougher’ under the new bail regime. Russell, E., Carlton, B., Tyson, D., Zhou, H., Pearce, M. and Faulkner, J. (2020) A Constellation of Circumstances: The Drivers of Women’s Increasing Rates of Remand in Victoria, Fitzroy Legal Service and the La Trobe Centre for Health, Law and Society: Melbourne Fitzroy Legal Service. Access the webinar and media release that coincided with the release of the report. If you are interested in accessing any of the publications, please email us at drvaw@deakin.edu.au