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Study: Australian Defence Force and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Intimate partner violence research has been largely overlooked in Australian Defence Force members and veterans, despite much international research indicating this form of violence is three times the rate of the civilian population and significantly more severe.

  • ADF has a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence by personnel
  • Policy does not outline how perpetrators are dealt with
  • ADF mental health inquiry submissions analysis suggest DV put down to mental illness or substance abuse
  • Overseas research has found DV rates in armed forces to be three times greater

US research has found this level of intimate partner violence (IPV) and recent UK and Canadian studies have drawn similar conclusions, says QUT School of Justice PhD researcher Rebecca Pollard who is investigating whether the cultural and structural factors which support this finding exist in the ADF.

Ms Pollard is currently consulting and recruiting advocates and practitioners about the narratives of intimate partner violence within ADF families and the relationship between this culture and the acceptance of violence against women. For more information about her study, please contact rebecca.deane@qut.edu.au.

Intimate partner violence within Australian Defence Force families: an exploratory study was published in the Journal of Gender-Based Violence.

For more information about this study see QUT News

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