The KODY research project is a multi-component evaluation of the innovative KODY program, integrating the work of our partner organisations with academic rigour, to address the complex issues for children, women, and men living with domestic and family violence (DFV) and alcohol and other drugs (AOD).

The KODY research project comprises a summative evaluation, a formative evaluation, and a developmental evaluation utilising inquiry method to explore specific innovations in the project. Two components also investigate the wider service and policy context.

Component A — Program effectiveness: How effective is the KODY program in supporting safety for mothers and children from DFV and other AOD-related harms that are perpetrated by men who use DFV and AOD?

Component B — Investigating processes of change: How does the KODY program deepen understanding of the impact of DFV and AOD and what are the implications for service responses?

Component C — All-of-family approach: How does an integrated all-of-family approach contribute to the effectiveness of multisectoral AOD and DFV responses?

Component D — Children's voices: how can program facilitators safely integrate children’s perspectives into practice, to improve outcomes for children, women, and men in the KODY project?

Component F — Factors associated with substance use and family violence for children: secondary analysis of Victorian Child Protection System data.

PhD Projects

Component E — Cross-sectoral collaboration and the policy context: PhD study investigating cross-sector collaboration between DFV and AOD services (Van Nguyen).

With a significant proportion of KODY service users anticipated to be from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, attention to culturally sensitive practice will be integrated into all research components. The research is being conducted in consultation with the Odyssey House Victoria’s Aboriginal Advisory Group to ensure the culture safety of the program and the research for all family members, including the processes required for a mainstream organisation to respond appropriately to its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.


Dr Margaret Kertesz – University of Melbourne

2022 - 2023

The following reports and articles have been produced to support research into an all-of-family approach in AOD and DV and guide policy and practice.

Protocol Paper
Research Project Brief
Policy Stakeholder Group Report
March 2023
Practitioner Workshop Report
June 2023
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