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Safe Nest research starts

August 8, 2019

Emerge is thrilled to announce that its Safe Nest Group research project has been launched with the funding support from ANROWS, and through it the Luke Batty Foundation.

Emerge has partnered with Swinburne University of Technology and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute for a two- year pilot program to study the effectiveness of a community based early intervention program for women and their children (0-3 years) exposed to family violence.

The early intervention program will be led by Chief Investigator Dr Katie Wood from Swinburne University of Technology, supported by the research expertise of Associate Professor Rebecca Giallo from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the practice expertise of Emma Hodges from Emerge, Project Investigator.

Dr Wood said: “There are few infant-led intervention programs for women and children leaving family violence so this is an important project. We will evaluate the impact of the Group program on maternal wellbeing, trauma symptoms and the quality of the mother-child relationship, as well as examining mothers’ satisfaction with the program”.

The Safe Nest Group program has been adapted from the Peek-a-Boo Club™ model specifically for women and infants made homeless by family violence.

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