Between June and September 2020, drummond street’s Centre for Family Research and Evaluation, in partnership with The GAD Pod were funded by Respect Victoria to deliver an LGBTIQ+ family violence prevention research project. The project was commissioned by Respect Victoria in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented disaster which is having a dramatic impact on peoples’ lives worldwide, with early reports that the social and economic impacts are exacerbating imbedded social inequalities.
Responding to a gap in knowledge around the impact of disasters on marginalised communities, this project, Prevention in the Pandemic, sought to build knowledge around the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTIQ+ people, with a particular focus on LGBTIQ+ family violence. It was designed to assist in the ongoing development of family violence primary prevention policies, programs and resources aimed at addressing LGBTIQ+ family violence in disaster and emergency situations, including pandemics such as COVID-19.
The Centre for Family Research and Evaluation and The GAD Pod partnered for this project, bringing together expertise in LGBTIQ+ family violence research and service delivery and gender and disaster expertise respectively. The research comprised a rapid desktop review and consultations with LGBTIQ+ people and LGBTIQ+ family violence sector professionals.
The aims of the research were:
- To understand some of the ways in which COVID-19/pandemics affect the drivers and risk factors of LGBTIQ+ family violence
- To gain insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic response on LGBTIQ+ people, including for those with intersectional identities, with a particular focus on intimate, familial, caring and domestic relationships
- To prioritise engagement with LGBTIQ+ people with varied intersections of experience and identity including; gender, sexuality, race, disability, health vulnerabilities, age and experience of sex work.
- To produce key findings and recommendations to inform the development of resources for publication by Respect Victoria and other agreed forums.