National mapping and meta-evaluation outlining key features of effective “safe at home” programs that enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence

Project Summary

Domestic and family violence have consistently been identified as major reasons for women’s homelessness. A number of jurisdictions have implemented “safe at home” programs or approaches which aim to mitigate the specific homelessness and safety impacts of domestic violence on women and their children. Although these are relatively new programs, a number of these have been evaluated. A meta-evaluation of these programs provides a synthesis and update of existing research on this topic, and identifies the current gaps in evidence.

This project maps current Australian “Safe at Home” programs and approaches. Through this process, the researchers identify existing evaluations and reviews on which to undertake a meta-evaluation. These are examined to determine the important program characteristics, outcome domains and research methods in evaluations of Australian “safe at home” programs, including the strengths and weaknesses of previous evaluations. The researchers synthesise these evaluations and literature to produce evidence of the effectiveness of “safe at home” models and identify what key features of these models are most effective in achieving safety for women and their children. The project also makes recommendations concerning key minimum elements to include in future evaluations and what minimum datasets would be required to provide meaningful data for individual programs and support the comparison of future evaluations. 

The project provides evidence about how women who have experienced domestic and family violence can best be supported to stay safe in their own homes.

Researchers:

Principal chief investigator:

Associate Professor Jan Breckenridge, Co-convenor, Gendered Violence Research Network and School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of New South Wales. 

Chief investigators:

Professor Donna Chung, Head of Social Work, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University.

Dr Angela Spinney, Research Fellow/Lecturer, Swinburne Institute of Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology.

Dr Carole Zufferey, Lecturer in Social Work, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy University of South Australia.

Research partners / team members:

Ms Paula Bennett, Manager, Gendered Violence Research Network, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales.

Publications

National mapping and meta-evaluation outlining key features of effective "safe at home" programs that enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence: State of knowledge paper

National mapping and meta-evaluation outlining key features of effective "safe at home" programs that enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence: Final report

National mapping and meta-evaluation outlining key features of effective "safe at home" programs that enhance safety and prevent homelessness for women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence: Key findings and future direction

Presentations

ANROWS Inaugural National Research Conference 2016

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Budget

$100,000 (max.)