Traversing the maze of 'evidence' and 'best practice' in domestic and family violence service provision in Australia                

 
Author(s) Breckenridge, Jan and Jen Hamer
Title Traversing the maze of 'evidence' and 'best practice' in domestic and family violence service provision in Australia
Source ADFV Clearinghouse Issues Paper 26,May 2014, pp1-15
Date 2014
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
Summary This paper examines the evidence base for best practice in domestic and violence service provision in Australia and how the studies and evaluations are conducted. The background to evidence-based practice and the difficulties agreeing on what is best practice is discussed. An important conclusion made by the authors is the need for researchers to use a qualitative approach and ask why and how certain domestic violence service provision is effective. In practice. It is recommended that there should be a continuous cycle of practice-informed evidence leading to evidence-informed practice. This needs the meaningful participation of practitioners, rigorous evaluation built in to program design, and the formation of research partnerships to investigate experience and test current evidence.
Keywords Domestic abuse; intimate partner violence; best practice; evidence-based; evaluation
Topic

Domestic violence