Beyond Silence: Web-based help-seeking for intimate partner sexual violence

Grant number: DE170100080 | Funding period: 2017 - 2021



This project aims to understand women’s experiences of sexual violence perpetrated by an intimate partner, identify their help-seeking needs, and explore the use of the internet as a means of support. Although one in ten Australian women have experienced sexual violence by a male partner, with severe effects on wellbeing and quality of life, sexually abusive behaviours such as rape, assault, coercion and threats within relationships are poorly understood. The project will provide women with an evidence-based, trauma-informed website that will help them name the abuse, provide initial support and promote help-seeking. This project expects to improve women’s safety, quality of life and connect..

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University of Melbourne Researchers