Family and Domestic Violence

Local Community Attitudes and Exposure to Violence Survey (LCAEVS) | Community Respect and Equality (Geraldton) | Making the Invisible Visible (Booklet) | Conversations for Change | Local ways to measure Family Violence and changes over time | Men Against Violence Project | Community of Practice

Local Community Attitudes and Exposure to Violence Survey (LCAEVS)

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People in the City of Greater Geraldton were invited to participate in a survey to find out what they think about Family and Domestic Violence (FDV).

Funding from Healthway has supported the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) of the University of Western Australia to conduct a survey to understand the attitudes and exposure of people to family and domestic violence.

This survey will help inform public policy related to family and domestic violence prevention and response.

If the survey raised any issues for you there are a number of helplines/webchat services that you can contact:

  • 1800 Respect – 1800 737 727
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Women’s domestic violence help line – 1800 007 339
  • Men’s domestic violence help line – 1800 000 599
  • Call 000 if you are in immediate danger


Community Respect and Equality (Geraldton)

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The Community, Respect & Equality (CRE) initiative aims to inspire, innovate and connect community leaders, sectors and service organisations, and government to work together on creative and sustainable strategies for the primary prevention of family violence in Geraldton. 

A reference group was established to provide high level community leadership for the CRE initiative and the Strategic Action Plan. The Reference group meets monthly and leads the implementation of the actions that sit within the Plan.

View the Community, Respect & Equality Strategic Action Plan here.


Making the Invisible Visible (Booklet)

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The ‘Making the Invisible Visible: Personal stories from one workplace to raise awareness of family and domestic violence’ (FDV) is a book of personal stories from the WA Centre for Rural Health (WARCH) staff and PhD students.

The stories show that even in a small workplace, people suffer from FDV. The events may be in the past, but people carry the trauma of the events throughout their life. FDV does not have to involve physical violence and there are often contributing factors such as alcohol or mental illness. They show that gender inequality is a large contributing factor to FDV, with men being more likely to perpetrate violence than women.

*WACRH acknowledges that most men are kind and contribute positively to their families and communities, and that men can also suffer from FDV.

View the Making the Invisible Visible book here.


Conversations for Change: Accelerating Efforts to prevent family and domestic violence (FDV)

With funding from Healthway, the WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) is conducting a three year FDV Primary Prevention Project associated with the Community, Respect and Equality Strategic Action Plan.  

WACRH will:

  • Conduct the Local Community Attitudes and Exposure to FDV Survey (LCAEVS).
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate Bystander Training to raise awareness of abusive behaviour and subtler issues that support a violence-supporting environment.
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate a local media strategy to disseminate messages that raise awareness of behaviours and attitudes that foster violence.

Local ways to measure Family Violence and changes over time

The WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) is working in partnership with Desert Blue Connect to develop a model to track the incidence and prevalence of family violence at a community level, using administrative data sets in combination with the survey data from Local Community Attitudes and Exposure to Violence Survey (LCAEVS).


Men Against Violence Project

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The Men Against Violence project aims to engage and educate men and boys living in the Midwest region of Western Australia about the role they can play in preventing family violence.

WACRH partners with local sporting clubs as they tend to be male dominated environments which can reinforce attitudes that negatively impact on women.

The Men Against Violence project follows the ‘Change the Story’ framework produced by Our Watch, which addresses the four gender drivers of family violence:

  • Condoning of violence against women
  • Men’s control of decision-making and limits to women’s independence in public and private life
  • Rigid gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  • Male peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women

Men and boys were encouraged to discuss these gender drivers in various forms through a number of community engagement events.

Men Against Violence events have come together through strong partnerships between WACRH and Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation (GSAC) as well as other organisations.

Some Men Against Violence events that have so far occurred include:

Men Against Violence GNFL Round – GWN7 News

Men Against violence program to run in Midwest sports clubs – Media Release

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Men Against Violence Geraldton Buccaneers Basketball round

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The Men Against Violence project also held a ‘Men Against Violence Week’ with the Clontarf Academy at Champion Bay Senior High School. This engaged all students from years 7-10 and educated them on the topics of respect and healthy masculinity. A Men Against Violence breakfast and football game was played to further engage with the students and staff members.

If you are a member of a Midwest sport club interested in being involved in this program or would like more information, call Luke Ringin on 9956 0200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Community of Practice

Using the lens of Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) to explore complex social problems to promote interdisciplinary student learning and social justice.

The Community of Practice (CoP) convened in early 2019 to outline a plan for the year ahead and beyond. The idea for this CoP arose out of the Community Respect and Equality initiative for the primary prevention of family and domestic violence in Geraldton, led by local agency Desert Blue Connect. The CoP provides an opportunity to engage with cross-disciplinary experts across The University of Western Australia on issues related to FDV prevention and response.

Members of the CoP come from a variety of disciplines including: Law, Media, Medicine, Social Work, Population Health, Policy and Student Services.

The CoP hosted a Symposium on 27 May 2019 informed the members and shared knowledge and expertise, invited external experts to input ideas and developed actions. Projects arising from the Symposium are currently in development, including cross-disciplinary health justice student placements, the engagement of media students in assisting to promote the CRE, and development of a Men’s Role Model program. 

Key members of the CoP include:

Associate Professor Stella Tarrant (co-lead)

Professor Sandra Thompson (co-lead)

Research Fellow Heath Greville

View the full list of Community of Practice (CoP) members here.

The CoP welcomes partners from inside and outside the University to develop innovative research, policy and practice projects

To contact the CoP, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..