The Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE), in partnership with RMIT University’s Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), has recently commenced Future-proofing Safety, a major research project examining how family violence in Victoria has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
This research program will span the breadth of Victoria’s whole community services system to understand how services have responded to family violence during COVID-19. The project will look at how services adapted, what gaps and weaknesses were surfaced, and how services responded to the crisis. It will also take a future focus by providing tangible recommendations on how to future-proof Victoria’s responses to family violence post-COVID.
This first interactive report for Future-proofing Safety includes three organisational case studies, each exploring family violence service data before and during COVID-19.
These case studies aim to help us better understand how the presentation of family violence has changed in the context of the pandemic for clients accessing GenWest (formerly Women’s Health West), Drummond Street Services and Good Shepherd.