Refugee FDV Perpetrator Interventions

Uncovering best practice principles


A large number of individuals and families flee persecution, war and violence and resettle in Australia. There are, however, limited interventions for perpetrators of family and domestic violence from a refugee background. Additionally there is a dearth of evidence to inform culturally appropriate and effective perpetrator interventions for them.

We are actively engaging refugee community members in the research process to address our aim of identifying best practice principles to inform and underpin culturally appropriate family and domestic violence interventions for perpetrators from refugee backgrounds.

A nation-wide Delphi process is being undertaken. The Delphi questionnaire is informed by an integrative literature review, data from in-depth interviews with participants from five diverse refugee communities (undertaken by trained bi-lingual and bi-cultural workers from those communities) and focus groups with service providers.



The Delphi technique will develop consensus around underpinning principles and facilitate delivery of culturally appropriate interventions across refugee communities for perpetrators of family and domestic violence.

Answer the following questions?

  • How can perpetrator interventions be delivered to ensure cultural appropriateness for refugee background perpetrators?
  • How can perpetrator interventions be delivered in refugee communities in a culturally appropriate manner?
  • What principles should underpin perpetrator interventions for refugee background perpetrators and in refugee communities to ensure best practice?



UWA is working in partnership with Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS) to undertake the project. We are also involving members of refugee communities as co-researchers to build research capacity in the respective communities.

Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)

Contact Professor Colleen Fisher

There are PhD opportunities for undertaking research related to family and domestic violence.