The Columbus Pilot Project: Developing a model for cost outcome analysis on violence and child abuse cases in the Family Court of Western Australia
La Trobe University Publications
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
This article begins by summarising the Columbus Pilot Project, designed to evaluate a managed interdisciplinary approach to cases of domestic violence and child abuse in the Family Court of Western Australia. A working hypothesis informing the project is that, compared with traditional litigation processes, a managed interdisciplinary approach to these cases will yield outcomes more consistent with children’s best interests at lower long-term cost to families, the community, and the Court. The main focus of the article is a progress report on evaluation design issues associated with mapping the costs in these cases.