National burden of disease study examining the impact of violence against women

Project Summary

VicHealth’s 2004 study The Health Costs of Violence: Measuring the burden of disease caused by intimate partner violence provided valuable policy and practice relevant information on the health impacts of intimate partner violence on women.

The study was, however, limited to the Victorian context and is now over 10 years old. Burden of disease is a modelling technique that combines multiple data sources to count and compare the total fatal and non‑fatal health loss from diseases and injuries in a population.

This national burden of disease study will explore the health impacts of intimate partner violence across Australia. Being undertaken under Australia’s national burden of disease framework, it will use an updated methodology developed since the 2004 VicHealth study and thus will be based on contemporary international best practice refined to match the Australian context. The researchers for this study also include members of the research team from the Australian Burden of Disease Study (ABDS) 2011.

This project will provide information on the amount of health lost due to death and ill health from intimate partner violence nationally, and provide estimates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This work will contribute to population health monitoring, health and violence against women policy development, health service planning and research. The project will also develop specific recommendations on extending this type of study to other forms of violence against women (e.g., sexual assault and children victimised by violence experienced within their family in the context of violence against women).

The project will provide evidence on a national scale about:

  • what impact intimate partner violence has on women’s health; and
  • how this impact can be measured for other forms of violence against women.  

Researchers

Principal chief investigator:

Dr Lynelle Moon, Head, Australian Burden of Disease Unit and Lead Analyst, national component of the Australian Burden of Disease Study, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Chief investigators:

Ms Kim Webster, Independent Consultant; Ms Julie Ayre, Analyst, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW; Ms Miriam Lum On, Project Manager and Senior Analyst, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW; Ms Michelle Gourley, Head, Indigenous Modelling and Research Unit and Lead Analyst, Indigenous component of the Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW and Dr Vanessa Prescott, Senior Analyst, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW.

Research partners / team members:

Barry Sandison, CEO, AIHW; Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman, AIHW; Ms Louise York, AIHW

Publications

Examination of the health outcomes of intimate partner violence against women: State of knowledge paper

A preventable burden: Measuring and addressing the prevalence and health impacts of intimate partner violence in Australian women: Key findings and future directions

Examination of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence against women in 2011: Final report

Presentations

This webinar focusses on the methods that underpin the national burden of disease study examining the impact of violence against women project. The webinar includes a presentation by Dr Lynelle Moon, Ms Miriam Lum On and Ms Michelle Gourley from the AIHW. The webinar is divided into four sections, and viewers may jump to the information most relevant to them:

Section 1: Background – Lynelle Moon: 2.05

Section 2: Methods – Miriam Lum On: 20.05

Section 3: Results – Michelle Gourley: 45.50

Section 4: Strengths and limitations – Lynelle Moon: 57.45

ANROWS Inaugural National Research Conference 2016

Download presentation slides.pdf (1.92 MB)

Estimated end date: 
This project was completed in October 2016.

Budget

$200,000 (max.)