LGBTIQ Perpetrator Research

October 29, 2018

The upcoming 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast over 3 and 4 December with optional workshops on 5 December. 

Joining us at the conference is Ms Beth Mccann, Senior Project Manager at Drummond Street Services who will present on ‘LGBTIQ Perpetrator Research’.


Overwhelmingly, research into family violence perpetration by LGBTIQ populations is centred on prevalence rather than the dynamics of violence. Both within Australia and internationally, there is little evidence for effective interventions for LGBTIQ perpetrators with complex underlying contributors and needs.

Drummond Street Services is undertaking research into LGBTIQ family violence, to support the development of family violence perpetrator programs that are effective and evidence informed. The
overall aims of the research project are to build an evidence base around the risk and protective factors for family violence (FV) among LGBTIQ communities in Australia; to explore possible drivers, correlates and dynamics of this violence; and to trial interventions that are appropriate and responsive. This research considers the complexities of family violence within LGBTIQ families and relationships, whereby existing models explaining violence against women within the mainstream family violence sector are inappropriately limited.

The research project has involved a literature review- drawing on international evidence and best practice, interviews and focus groups with specialist practitioners, the audit of client files and client interviews. These processes have informed our action research project whereby we are testing possible individual and family integrated service responses and group interventions. These interventions are being evaluated to test their efficacy and appropriateness in supporting people from LGBTIQ communities who use violence.

This presentation will outline key findings from our research, reflecting on how far we have come, and exploring possible future directions.


Beth McCann is a Senior Project Manager at Drummond street services. Beth has supported the implementation and evaluation of a range of innovative family violence projects including Drummond street’s iHeal model, which harnesses lived experience to support the long-term recovery needs of family violence survivors; the #AllOfUs and #AnyOfUs programs working with female, trans and gender diverse perpetrators of family violence; and the Melbourne Children’s Court Family Violence Support Services.

For further information and to book tickets for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit

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