Associations between domestic violence in pregnancy and women’s and their subsequent children’s outcomes

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Ashlee Smith
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anna Price Personal web page

Project Details

Domestic violence is an international public health issue and an important policy focus in Australia, where one in four Australian women have experienced domestic violence since the age of 15. There are many risk factors that increase the likelihood of a woman experiencing domestic violence, such as being young, being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, separating from a partner and financial stress. The risk of domestic violence also increases during pregnancy, and is associated with children’s poorer health and developmental outcomes.

The right@home trial recruited a large cohort of Australian women for their experience of adversity in pregnancy and conducts detailed assessments with women and their subsequent children until children start school, including questions about domestic violence. Within this trial, there is an exciting opportunity for a motivated Honours student to identify evidence gaps around relationships between domestic violence and maternal and/or child outcomes during the early years, and investigate these research questions using data from the unique right@home cohort.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Research Group / Unit / Centre


Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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