Below is an overview of the priority area to support you in giving your feedback, followed by a set of questions related to the information we have provided.

This package of information highlights what government has done so far, and what it intends to do over the coming three years, to ensure a coordinated approach to research and evaluation:

  • Priority area overview summarises what government is doing and shows how our research and evaluation activities support the achievement of the Family Violence Outcomes Framework (FVOF) as we continue to implement Royal Commission recommendations
  • Achievements since 2016 showcases key achievements during RAP1
  • Rolling action plan 2020 – 2023 sets out the activities government proposes to deliver for this priority over the next three years
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts reflects on how coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted our research agenda
  • Reform principles shows how the three reform principles (Aboriginal self-determination, lived experience and intersectionality) have influenced our approach to the design of our research and evaluation strategy.

NOTE: An accessible word version and high resolution PDF of this information is also available to view and download below.

Coordinating and increasing research and evaluation across the family violence reform will strengthen our understanding of how to prevent violence before it happens, improve our ability to respond to family violence and allow us to track the progress of the reform more effectively. A strong evidence base tells us what is working, what needs to be adjusted, and where to focus our efforts for the greatest effect.

How we are strengthening our research and evaluation capability

The Family Violence Outcomes Framework (FVOF)

The FVOF articulates the government’s vision to end family violence; the four domains reflect the long-term outcomes sought through the collective efforts of the reform. The domains represent the key priorities in preventing and responding to family violence and clarifying what constitutes success.

Activities in this priority area will likely have the greatest impact in achieving outcomes against the following highlighted FVOF domains:

Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV)

With more than two-thirds of the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations now implemented, delivery of activities under this priority over the next three years will continue to support recommendation implementation. Updates will continue to be provided via the website.

Building capacity

We have been building the capability and capacity to undertake effective evaluation:

  • established a primary prevention research agenda and capacity within Respect Victoria
  • developed policy and guidelines for evaluation of family violence initiatives for government staff
  • developed an evaluation training program, including accessible staff learning resources such as an E-Learn on family violence evaluation for government staff.


We are regularly evaluating our policies and programs.

Some examples of evaluations of reform projects we have conducted:

  • The Orange Door: evaluation of the establishment, operations and initial service offering of the first four sites
  • Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme
  • Therapeutic interventions for victim survivors
  • Community-based perpetrator interventions and case management trials
  • Respectful Relationships.


We are building an evidence base that will inform future decision-making:

  • published the first annual service delivery report for The Orange Door
  • building a Family Violence Database to facilitate access to sector-wide family violence incident data to support analysis of priority topics through data dashboards, infographics and short research papers
  • published the Family Violence Data Collection Framework.

Proposed activities

NB: Timeline milestones have been included where applicable; text in panels indicates an ongoing and/or non date specific activity.

Service delivery adaptation, learnings and innovations during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted some planned evaluations and also the development of a family violence research agenda, which was due to be delivered by mid-2020. Alongside restarting pre-planned activities, several research projects are underway to assess the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on family violence and service provision.

NB: This is an interim summary of the impacts, adaptations and innovations which have arisen as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). These will continue to be monitored and considered as the final RAP2 is developed.

Research and evaluation of the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • There has been improved cross government data-sharing during coronavirus (COVID-19), fast-tracking work already underway on reporting and analytics.
  • Targeted research is being commissioned to better understand family violence risk and appropriate responses during extended emergencies.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services Centre for Research and Evaluation is partnering with Family Safety Victoria to conduct a series of rapid reviews, focused on the impact and effectiveness of a range of coronavirus (COVID-19) triggered service, practice and operational changes.
  • Respect Victoria is assessing the capability of the primary prevention workforce to assess organisational enablers and barriers to primary prevention work during coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Respect Victoria has commissioned studies into the drivers of violence during coronavirus (COVID-19) on key populations: older Victorians and LGBTIQ communities.

Research and evaluation activities impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • The capacity of the workforce in the family violence sector has been focused on frontline service delivery and consultation; engagement on research and evaluation during this period has been challenging.
  • Research methodologies tend to rely on the option (and often preference) to interview people in person to build rapport and gain deeper insights from the interviewee. Delivery of research and evaluation activities in the short to medium term will require a shift to relying on phone or online meetings.
  • Both coronavirus (COVID-19) and recent bushfires illustrate the additional factors that need to be considered in evaluation design because of the impact on individuals, services and the system more broadly. This has the potential to make research more complex and costly.
  • The second evaluation of The Orange Door program and an evaluation of the Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPS) were both impacted. Subject to capacity, the detailed evaluation planning phase is scheduled to recommence from August.
  • The commissioning and progress of primary prevention action research has been impacted due to the resource capacity of potential providers in the family violence sector.
  • Respect Victoria commissioned training for primary prevention practitioners in partnership with the Gender and Disaster Pod.

The principles that underpin the reform have influenced our approach to the design of our research and evaluation strategy.

Lived Experience

Examples include:

  • The second evaluation of The Orange Door will focus on client impacts and outcomes. Interviews and surveys from people with lived experience of The Orange Door service will be critical to inform this evaluation
  • Feedback from victim survivors who have been supported to keep safe through Risk Assessment and Management Panel (RAMP) will be included in the program’s evaluation
  • The family violence research program will commission research that explores the lived experience of those who have experienced family violence.
  • Respect Victoria’s victim survivor engagement plan will consider lived experiences in policy and research development.


Examples include:

  • analysis of the experiences of clients from diverse backgrounds in the second evaluation of The Orange Door
  • evaluation of the Rainbow Tick and HOW2 capacity building initiatives
  • Respect Victoria’s Intersectional Strategy includes a focus on improving data collection and research to respect intersectional experiences, ensuring commissioned research programs have a focus on understanding the intersectional drivers of violence and what works to prevent it
  • Everybody Matters Inclusion and Equity Statement 10-year monitoring and evaluation framework is in development.

Aboriginal Self-Determination

Examples include:

  • research and evaluation frameworks that enable Aboriginal people to define the metrics of success in research and evaluation of initiatives in Aboriginal communities.
  • the Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability Plan (MEAP) which has been prepared to accompany the Dhelk Dja agreement; the MEAP outlines how the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum can monitor and evaluate its strategy, including conducting an evaluation study.
  • Respect Victoria will commission Aboriginal-led Primary Prevention Research to understand the drivers of family violence and initiatives for its prevention in Victorian Aboriginal communities.

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