While the dominant pattern of domestic and family violence (DFV) is male violence perpetrated against women, there are some women who use force against adult members of their families. The majority of these women are themselves victims/survivors of DFV. At times women are wrongly identified as the perpetrator or seen as having responsibility in mutual violence.
This project is developing the Australian knowledge base about women who use force in a family context, and appropriate service responses.
Dr Margaret Kertesz, UoM,
Professor Cathy Humphreys, UoM,
Jasmin Isobe, UoM,
Dr Anneliese Spiteri-Staines, UoM,
Dr Georgia Ovenden, UoM,
Lisa Young Larance, University of Michigan,
Professor Donna Chung, Curtin University,
Professor Robyn Martin, RMIT,
Amy Warren, Curtin University,
Assoc. Professor Richard Norman, Curtin University,
Darcee Schulze, Curtin University,
Dr Dave Vicary, Baptcare
Department of Social Services
Partner: Curtin University, Baptcare, Berry Street
Project Dates: 2018-2021
Contact: Margaret Kertesz
Kertesz, M., Humphreys, C., Larance, L. Y., Vicary, D., Spiteri-Staines, A., & Ovenden, G. (2019). Working with women who use force: a feasibility study protocol of the Positive (+) SHIFT group work programme in Australia. BMJ Open, 9(5), e027496.
Kertesz, M., Humphreys, C., Ovenden, G., Spiteri-Staines, A. (2020) Women who use force: Final Report. Volume 1 – Executive Summary, Positive Shift Program, Evaluation of Positive Shift, and Practice Framework. Melbourne: University of Melbourne