Research Collaborations Between Women’s Specialist Services, Aboriginal Women and Researchers

Qualitative Social Work, Forthcoming

31 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2018

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Robyn Holder

Griffith Criminology Institute

Judy Putt

University of New England

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

When experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australia, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women seek help for diverse needs. In response, women’s specialist DFV services provide a range of programs. Given this diversity and program range, evaluating impact and outcome is challenging. A deeper challenge rests on who decides what to measure and how. This article describes a multi-site research collaboration between women’s specialist services and researchers. Part of the project aimed to identify the perspectives and priorities of Aboriginal women users of three specialist services: one each in an urban, regional and remote location. In a series of iterative steps, Aboriginal women, service workers and researchers explored what was valued in interactions with crisis programs. Each collaboration then moved to identify ways to measures the items, and to determine when and how other service users might be asked to respond. Aboriginal women participated primarily as service users but in overlapping capacities as victims of DFV, as community members, as local researchers and service workers. The underlying principle that guided the research was to respect and acknowledge Aboriginal women as knowledge-holders, producers and translators. However, clear limits to ideas of ‘co-research’ are identified.

Keywords: aboriginal, domestic violence, user research, collaboration, co-research, critical reflection

Suggested Citation

Holder, Robyn and Putt, Judy, Research Collaborations Between Women’s Specialist Services, Aboriginal Women and Researchers (2018). Qualitative Social Work, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3292696 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3292696

Robyn Holder (Contact Author)

Griffith Criminology Institute ( email )

176 Messines Ridge Road
Mt Gravatt, Queensland 4122
Australia
+61(7)3735 3440 (Phone)

Judy Putt

University of New England

11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
United States

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