We have developed a strong understanding of gender inequality and power structures which sit within patriarchal systems and drive not only violence against women, but also other intersectional forms of family violence including within LGBTIQ+ relationships, adolescent violence in the home, violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities or against people with disabilities as some examples.
CFRE’s understanding of gender equality and application of a gendered analysis to inform program design has been significantly informed by the development, implementation and evaluation of drummond streets’ various family violence programs. These programs span prevention, early intervention, tertiary responses, perpetrator interventions and recovery. These projects include:
- iHeal- a family violence recovery program which actively built a lived experience family violence workforce to provide recovery support
- Futures Free from Violence- a community facing program for women, transgender and gender diverse people who use violence
- Living Free from Violence programs- a justice facing program for women, transgender and gender diverse people who use violence
- drummond street’s specialist program for young people using violence in the home
- w/respect – the first funded program to support LGBTIQ+ people of all ages and their families through family violence prevention, early intervention, tertiary responses and recovery
In addition, CFRE has undertaken a number of applied research family violence projects including for LGBTIQ+ people using violence, family violence primary prevention for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, LGBTIQ+ family violence prevention during disasters such as COVID-19, and research into family violence prevention during the transition to parenthood for LBGTIQ+ people, a known high risk period for the onset of family violence for heterosexual couples.