A new grant from the Collier Charitable Fund will support a research study to evaluate the success of a hospital-based family violence programme. The five-year Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) program has been implemented in 88 hospitals across the Australian state of Victoria. A $500,000 Collier grant, honouring Edith, Alice, and Annette Collier, will fund an evaluation of the SHRFV program to increase its impact.
The SHRFV programme has received help from over 28,000 hospital staff since its inception in 2014. Additionally, the Victorian Government has contributed $13 million to help the Royal Women’s Hospital and Bendigo Health originally implement the program across the state.
Professor Kelsey Hegarty will supervise the study, beginning in July 2019. Hegarty is currently a Joint Chair in Family Violence Prevention at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital. ‘This grant provides a unique opportunity for large-scale research initiatives that will influence and create lasting social change in relation to how hospitals can best support women and children who experience family violence,’ she comments.
Hegarty continues, ‘The research will look at data related to early identification, response, and referral of patients who experience family violence. It will also investigate hospital systems and support structures for staff who are victim/survivors.’
Sue Matthews, the Chief Executive at the Royal Women’s Hospital, says, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to receive this grant from the Collier Charitable Fund in support of this important project. It is visionary philanthropic support like this that can transform our community.’
To read more about the Collier grant, click here.