‘You don’t just bounce back’: An Australian study of the longer term impacts of intimate partner violence on women’s housing, work, mental health and wellbeing

Stream: Understanding and Responding to Family, Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence
Date: Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Time: 1.00 pm – 2.45 pm


The majority of policy and program responses to women escaping intimate partner violence (IPV) are focused on the crisis and immediate post crisis aspects. This research involving 650 Australian women ranging in age from early 20s to over 70 examines the longer lasting direct and indirect impacts of IPV across the life course. The study collected quantitative and qualitative data on various elements of women’s lives before, during and after escaping a violent partner. The research includes the reported changes to mental health and wellbeing, disability and chronic illness, women’s employment experiences and opportunities during the relationship and long after escaping IPV and the related effects on women’s housing and economic circumstances. The findings highlight the interconnections between these significant three domains of women’s lives and raise important questions about how to better support women to reduce these long lasting impacts which are often overlooked or not understood as the result of IPV.


Donna Chung (Presenter), Curtin University
Donna Chung is Professor of Social Work at Curtin University. Donna has been undertaking research in gendered violence for 20 years. Her interests include women's employment, housing and economic security whilst women live with and escape intimate partner violence, evaluating women's safety after escaping IPV and intervention responses to perpetrators of violence against women.