Family and Domestic Violence - Community attitudes

Last registered on April 02, 2024


Trial Information

General Information

Family and Domestic Violence - Community attitudes
Initial registration date
March 20, 2024

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
April 02, 2024, 10:36 AM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.



Primary Investigator

Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government

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Additional Trial Information

On going
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
In 2023, a new guaranteed payment (paid leave) came into effect Australia wide for those experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV). This trial examines the awareness of these legislative changes and whether educating participants about leave entitlements help change community attitudes towards those experiencing FDV.
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Registration Citation

Bolton, Annalese et al. 2024. "Family and Domestic Violence - Community attitudes." AEA RCT Registry. April 02.
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Experimental Details


We will present an activity to participants to encourage learning about specific aspects of the legislation.
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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
There are two primary outcomes measuring discrimination against a person experiencing FDV (through a vignette).
1) Bonus money ($) between 0 to 1000 provided to someone who has experienced FDV (using a vignette) (Continuous variable)
2) Whether or not the person experiencing FDV should be considered for a promotion (binary)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
There are three secondary outcomes:
1) attitudes towards domestic violence scale
2) attitudes towards gender inequality scale
3) Competence scale- from the Vignette presented
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
The three outcomes are constructs and based on what have been used in a previous study. We will calculate average scores.

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
This is a two arm Randomised Control Trial (RCT) involving an online survey experiment with members of the National Employment Standards (NES) working population. The experiment aims to leverage low awareness of the new Australian paid FDV leave legislation among the working population.
Experimental Design Details
Half our participants will learn about the legislation (through educational feedback) before responding to a vignette that requires participants to make judgements about a fictional person experiencing FDV and taking leave from work. Participants will also answer general attitudinal questions about FDV (Treatment condition). The other half of our participants will learn about the legislative requirements after they have answered questions associated with the vignette and their attitudes towards FDV (Control condition).
We will recruit a sample of participants who are representative of the Australian general working population through Pure Profile’s research participant panel.
The survey experiment will be run with those who have not experienced FDV. It will exclude those not currently in paid work and quotas are set by gender, age, state/territory.
Randomization Method
Randomisation of eligible participants into two groups using Qualtric's randomizer
Randomization Unit
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Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
No clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
2640 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
2640 individuals
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
With 1,320 participants per arm, we will have 90% power to detect an effect of: • $25 higher in the mean recommended bonus in treatment compared to the control group • 5 percentage point higher in proportion recommending fictitious person for management (i.e., from 50% to 55%) in the treatment group compared to the control group We will use an alpha level of 10% and 90% power. We have chosen these settings because the intervention is extremely low risk and it would be worse to reject a possible real effect than to accept a possibly spurious one.

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Macquarie University
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Is the intervention completed?
Data Collection Complete
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