Ethics Approval ID: 204018

Project Aims:

This research is about Intervention Orders - the legal orders made by the police or the court that try stop another person from causing harm or abuse to their partner, child or someone else.  This research is being undertaken by Dr Sarah Moulds from the University of South Australia and Rian Yohanesh from Uniting Communities.  The aim of the research is to find out whether these laws are working well or whether they can be improved. The research is being funded by the Law Foundation of South Australia.

Getting involved:

There are two different ways people can be involved:

You can decide how you want to be involved or you don’t have to be involved in this research at all. If you say no or don’t do anything it will not impact your relationship with us or the services we provide and it won’t impact your relationship with anyone else involved in the research including UniSA or Uniting Communities.  It’s completely your choice. 

If you do decide to be part of the research, you will need to

  • Read the Participant Information Sheet linked to the online questionnaire which tells you about the research project and the processes involved with taking part.
  • Read and sign the attached Consent Form linked to the online questionnaire which explains that your involvement in the research is entirely voluntary and you are free to decline to take part, or to withdraw from the research project, at any stage without affecting your relationship with or services provided by us and that no other party will be advised of who has (or has not) decided to take part.   
  • Answer some screening questions to make sure you are over the age of 18 and to make sure that it’s safe for you to participate.

We want to make sure you understand what the research is all about and that you are safe when answering questions.  They know that talking about processes or laws associated with family and domestic violence could mean thinking about really hard times and could bring back memories of abuse or violence.  Answering our questions could cause you discomfort or distress.  If you feel concerned about these risks, please do not participate in the research.

You can contact Sarah on or 0401132544 at any time to discuss this research. You can also call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732, or the Domestic Violence Crisis Line 1800 800 098 or Lifeline Counselling Services 13 11 14 at any time if you feel worried or unsafe.

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about being a research participant in general, please contact the Uni SA Ethics Team on 8302 6330 or

If you would like to make a time to speak with Sarah or Rian please contact Sarah on or 0401132544.