1. Introduction

The Department of Social Services has contracted the University of South Australia to conduct research that aims to better understand how tenancy laws impact on women and children escaping family and domestic violence. The study will also provide recommendations to the Australian Government on how residential tenancy laws might work better in the future to improve outcomes for women and children who experience domestic and family violence.

Family and domestic violence includes any behaviour that is violent, threatening, controlling or intended to make you or your family members feel scared and unsafe. It can be directed at you, your children or other family members, your pets or property. It can include physical violence, sexual assault, verbal or emotional abuse, controlling behaviour, stalking, technology-facilitated abuse, financial control and abuse and elder abuse.

Family and domestic violence can affect anyone. It can occur in:

·         past or current co-habiting intimate relationships

·         relationships involving carers of people with a disability or medical condition

·         relationships with relatives and guardians

·         family groups.

Who is undertaking the research and who should be involved?

Researchers at the University of South Australia are looking for women who have experienced family and domestic violence and have had trouble trying to rent a property to take part in an online survey to help better understand this issue.

What’s involved?

Your participation in this survey is completely anonymous and confidential and no identifying information will be reported. This online survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The first section asks for some background information about you, followed by questions about your experiences of family and domestic violence, and its effect on your housing situation and tenancy. Most questions are a check box, but there are opportunities for broader comments as well.

Your consent for participating in this project will be assumed by your decision to complete the survey. You can also change your mind about participating at any time during the survey, or you can also choose not to answer any particular question or questions.

We have taken care to ensure that the survey questions are respectful and protective of your emotional wellbeing. However, if you feel uncomfortable or upset at any point during the completion of the survey, please make sure you reach out for support from a trusted person or service. Or you can seek help by contacting the numbers below. It is also important that you undertake the survey at a time and place that is safe for you.

The research has been approved by the University of South Australia's HREC (2018-201305). If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of UniSA’s Committee, Tel: +61 8 8302 3118; Email: vicki.allen@unisa.edu.au.