PATRICIA project


Nicky Stanley
Nicky Stanley speaking at launch of the PATRICIA Project

In recent years domestic violence referrals to child protection services have increased dramatically creating important interface issues between the police, family violence services and child protection. This two-year project, concluding at the end of 2016, will focus on exploring the relationship between statutory child protection, family law, and community‐based services who seek to support women and children exposed to domestic violence.

The overarching research question is: What are the elements that facilitate differential pathways and appropriate service system support for the safety and well-being of women and children living with and separating from family violence in an integrated intervention system?

Women’s service pathways will be examined using NSW, Western Australian and Victorian administrative datasets. The findings, together with an international scoping review, case studies focussing on collaborative work in five states, and a ‘case reading’ process developed by David Mandel (as part of the Safe and Together resources ( ) will be synthesised to strengthen the co-design of the service systems in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and WA. The research will be supported and driven by an Advisory Group with participants from government and non-government agencies who will meet over the life of the project in three major workshops.



Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) funded it on the basis of its potential to fulfil a key national research priority.


Project Inquiries

Research Coordinator for the project, Lucy Healey: 61 3 8344 9429;


The outcomes of this Project will be of national relevance to child protection, community-based services and family law organisations seeking strengthened integration and skills enhancement. It aims to foster the use of evidence to enhance greater cross‐sector collaboration to support women and their children and support stronger accountability for perpetrators of domestic abuse. It has the potential to foster long-term cultural change in how child protection and domestic and family violence services work with fathers and mothers to keep children with the non-offending parent; in partnering with the non-offending parent; and intervening with the perpetrator to reduce risk and harm to children.  Details of the components and methods of the project are here.

Approximate project length: 2 years, funded by ANROWS

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