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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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A Walk Through Health Evaluation

A Walk Through Health: In November 2020 CFRE commenced a partnership with Wyndham Community & Education Centre (Wyndham CEC) to evaluate their health literacy program, A Walk Through Health. Delivered in partnership with Mercy Health, the program aims to address unmet health and well-being needs of culturally diverse community members in the City of Wyndham. A Walk Through Health and the concurrent evaluation are funded to be delivered until June […]

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There’s no safe place at home report

There’s no safe place at home report:         Everyone deserves to feel safe at home, no matter who they are or whom they love. Unfortunately for many LGBTIQ+ people, their homes are not safe places. Equality Australia and the Centre for Family Research and Evaluation at Drummond Street Services have released a groundbreaking research report on domestic and family violence affecting LGBTIQ+ people, There’s no safe place at […]

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Action Research: Use of Family Violence by LGBTIQ+ People

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Action Research: Use of Family Violence by LGBTIQ+ People  National and international research has found that family violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships occurs at rates similar to, if not higher than heterosexual relationships. LGBTIQ+ populations face unique and intersecting vulnerabilities, including that: the impacts of abuse are compounded by discrimination and stigma experienced in a community context;  intimate partner and family violence remains largely invisible in LGBTIQ+ communities due to myths […]

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Behind closed doors: Adolescent Violence in the Home (AVITH) during COVID and challenges to come

Behind closed doors: Adolescent Violence in the Home (AVITH) during COVID and challenges to come – As part of drummond street’s ongoing whole-of-family service response to AVITH- through its Young People and Family Violence program, and CFRE’s commitment to evidence building, we have recently partnered with RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) to write an ANROWS Issues Paper, which examined the use of adolescent violence in the home during COVID-19 […]

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COVID-19 Response – Message from our CEO Karen Field

We are here and not going anywhere – but how we stay in touch, deliver services may change as the community grapples with responding to COVID-19. This is our message to all our drummond street friends – people who use our services, communities and groups, our amazing workforce, service partners, community organisations, and support groups and suppliers.

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Join our team!

We are looking to employ a Research Assistant to contribute to our projects and the general operations of CFRE to strengthen our centre further. At CFRE we see this position as a key opportunity to continue to grow our team, so we are looking for someone who is a good fit and is genuinely interested in a career path in research, evaluation and/or consultancy. This position will support the work […]

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The Relationship Between Parent and Child Mental Health: Taking a Family Systems Perspective in Support Services

      The Relationship Between Parent and Child Mental Health: Taking a Family Systems Perspective in Support Services As an organisation, drummond street (ds) recognises the importance of situating individual issues within contextual backgrounds. A major part of which is the role of family relationships in providing a strong and early influence on the mental health and well-being of the developing child as well as the well-being of adults.Programs […]

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