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Recent Work

Future-proofing Safety – COVID-19 and family violence in Victoria

Future-proofing Safety: COVID-19 and family violence in Victoria  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), recently commenced Future-proofing Safety, a major research project examining how family violence in Victoria has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  Our research will span the breadth of Victoria’s whole community services system to understand how […]

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Keeping Our Communities Safe – Multicultural LGBTIQ+ Victorians and COVID-19

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COVID-19 information for multicultural LGBTIQ+ people Use the table of contents below to navigate on this page. Updates to our factsheets and information sessions January 2022: Advice continues to change regarding testing, including rapid antigen tests and when to get tested. For the latest advice, visit the Victorian Government’s webpage on COVID-19 testing. December 2021: Children aged between 5 and 11 can get vaccinated from 10 January 2022. You can […]

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New Parents, New Possibilities

New Parents, New Possibilities Use the table of contents below to navigate on this page. Overview and Final Report The transition to parenthood is recognised as a period of high risk for the onset of family violence in heterosexual relationships. It is also known that family violence, including intimate partner violence, occurs in LGBTIQ+ relationships. There are significant knowledge gaps in the understanding of family violence risk during the transition […]

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Interactive Case Studies

New Parents, New Possibilities: Interactive Case Studies Interactive case studies were developed to illustrate diverse examples of the transition to parenthood for LGBTIQ+ parents. The case studies bring the research findings to life, highlighting not only the diversity within LGBTIQ+ families and diverse pathways to family formation but also the key risk and protective factors identified through the research. View the case studies below: Read more about the New Parents, […]

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New Parents, New Possibilities – Perinatal Sector Webinar Series

New Parents, New Possibilities – Perinatal Sector Webinar Series A series of four webinars were developed to build on the original sector training to enable professional development for those who are unable to commit to group training. The four part series consists of 30 minute modules: Part I of the series, LGBTIQ+ Family Formation and Reflective Practice, serves to introduce the subject matter and focusses on understanding and awareness of […]

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Supporting Gender Equality in the Public Sector

Supporting Gender Equality in the Public Sector At the Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE), we are excited to continue to contribute to state-wide progress towards gender equality with the Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector. We have recently been appointed a member of the expert Panel of Providers, within the evaluation stream, and are looking forward to supporting defined entities comply with the Gender Equality Act. […]

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Something to Chew Over: CFRE has 3 presentations at the AIFS Snack Sized Research Showcase

Something to Chew Over: CFRE has 3 presentations at the AIFS Snack Sized Research Showcase. This year, the much anticipated Australian Insititute of Family Studies (AIFS) 2020 conference was cancelled due to COVID-19. To replace it, presentations that were planned for the conference are now being displayed as slide shows online. CFRE have three presentations in this AIFS ‘snack sized research showcase’. Ready Steady Family outlines a flexible approach to […]

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COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health Service Use

COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health Service Use The Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE), a division of drummond street services, have developed a COVID-19 evaluation strategy to help better understand and respond to the changing needs of the clients and the communities that we support during this time.  The key aims of our COVID-19 evaluation strategy are to: Evaluate how ds is responding at an organisational level to the crisis. […]

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Prevention in the pandemic

Prevention in the pandemic: The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a significant impact on people’s lives and wellbeing around the world.  The pandemic has exacerbated health, social and economic inequalities and globally, rates of family violence have surged. For people who are LGBTIQ+ in Victoria, especially those who experience multiple forms of discrimination and health and wellbeing inequalities, COVID-19 has also exacerbated the drivers of family violence. Responding to a […]

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The EVA project: Evaluating Violence and Abuse, Building the Evidence 

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The EVA project: Evaluating Violence and Abuse, Building the Evidence  Between early 2018 and mid 2019, CFRE delivered the ‘EVA project: Evaluating Violence and Abuse, Building the Evidence’, funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The EVA project aimed to build the capacity of the family violence and related sectors to use and build evidence for their work, with those who use and experience family violence. The project was comprised of a literature review, capacity building […]

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