Our research projects help us understand current issues and improve our service delivery.
RAV is or has been involved in major projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), reaffirming our commitment to research to better inform our clinical practice and service delivery.
RAV has completed a three-year research project with La Trobe University to investigate the long-term benefits of couple counselling and our Good Connecting relationship education course. In addition to producing better outcomes for our clients, this significant study will have national and international impact upon the practice of couple counselling and relationshp education.
Again in partnership with La Trobe, RAV is undertaking a major longitudinal study into the impact of family violence on the FDR process and outcomes. The study aims to:
Work is under way on a major study titled: Work, Love and Play in Diverse Australian Family Life with Relationships Australia National, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and The Bouverie Centre.
The five-year study is examining same-sex parenting and children's outcomes. It is expected to provide a broad and in-depth examination of a variety of factors that can impact on child outcomes: how parents balance their working commitments and domestic arrangements; characteristics and quality of the parents' relationship and how they parent together; and the family's social, financial and practical resources and social networks.
RAV is one of 23 government and non-government organisations taking part in this four-year research project, led by the University of Melbourne and also involving researchers from the universities of South Australia and Western Australia. The project's ultimate aim is to improve the parenting experience of children whose fathers have used domestic and family violence.
RAV has partnered with primary schools, kindergartens and maternal and child health centres to run programs for fathers and children called Fathers Utilising Networks for Kids (FUN for Kids). These programs allowed fathers to examine their parenting styles, establish networks, have more effective communication with their kids, share with other dads and have fun. FUN for Kids is not currently being run.
The Potter Foundation funded an independent evaluation of the program by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). The final report indicates some very positive outcomes for dads, partners, children and communities.
Every two to three years, Relationships Australia (National office) surveys the population to find out what are the main issues and concerns that Australians have in their relationships today.
Click here for a copy of the 2011 survey, undertaken in partnership with Credit Union Australia and conducted by Woolcott Research across Australia.