Director: Professor Kelsey Hegarty

Established in 2016 with the appointment of Professor Kelsey Hegarty as Australia’s first chair of Family Violence Prevention – a joint appointment by the Women’s and the University of Melbourne - this research centre focuses on the areas of effective early intervention and prevention strategies; pathways to safety and wellbeing for those affected by family violence; and new models of care for women and families within a whole-of-health system response.

The centre aims to support health services to successfully advance the skills of health professionals in identifying and responding to family violence through training and system changes. It strives to build the evidence base for best practice in hospitals and to support people experiencing family violence to disclose and seek help.

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