Our aim of the project was to:
- identify the issues and questions that consumers and community members consider are important about family and domestic violence
- develop a list of community priorities that will be used to inform future research in this area
- ensure that people who have experienced family and domestic violence are included in the development of priorities for research in this area
We are not sure what is really effective in preventing and supporting people who have experienced family and domestic violence. Identifying research priorties in this area will help funding agencies to direct their limited funds to research that is likely to have the most impact and importance to the community.
The project consisted of a survey to identify the issues and questions important to people who have experienced family and domestic violence and those that support them.
The survey was followed up by a workshop to prioritise the issues and questions identified.
The definition for “family and domestic violence” is considered to be behaviour which results in physical, sexual or psychological damage, forced social isolation, economic deprivation, or behaviour which causes the victim to live in fear.