African Australians’ experiences of domestic violence and health service utilisation

Exploring African Australians' experiences of domestic and family violence

Resettlement into a new environment is often fraught with challenges for African Australian migrants and refugees. Women from these communities are particularly at risk of experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV), however, there are few dedicated services/resources catering to them.

This project addresses an important intersectional social equity issue on gender, culture and migration.

Co-produced with a community specialist service and integrating views of people with lived experience of DFV, this project will review current literature, explore African Australians' experiences of DFV, health services utilisation, including DFV specialist services, and develop targeted resources accessible to individuals and for health staff training.

This project is supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute's 2022 Seed Funding Round.

University-based researchers

Dr Minerva Kyei-Onanjiri, Department of General Practice

Professor Cathy Vaughan, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Dr Matthew Mabefam, School of Social and Political Sciences

Dr Gerald Onsando, School of Social and Political Sciences

Professor Kelsey Hegarty, Department of General Practice

External collaborators

Lorraine Baloyi, African Family Services

Kapambwe Mumba, African Family Services

For information about this project, please contact:

Dr Minerva Kyei-Onanjiri
Department of General Practice
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences