Adolescent Violence in the Home

The Centre has a strong interest in identifying, translating and embedding the best available research and practice expertise to build Victoria’s evidence base in relation to young people who use violence in the home. The ongoing work of family violence reforms has highlighted gaps in knowledge about adolescents who use violence and the need for specialist expert advice to enable service providers, professionals, parents and carers to more effectively respond to and support these young people. The Centre recognises the importance of continuing to build the evidence base for evidence-informed and promising practice in this space.  


Summary of sector consultations

Family Safety Victoria contracted the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (the Centre) to undertake a project that contributes to the emerging evidence base of what works for adolescents who use violence in the home. The aim of this project – ‘Building the Evidence’ – was to better understand the nature of AVITH and the approaches that work, including earlier intervention. 

To begin the project, the Centre conducted state-wide data collection in late 2019 and early 2020 via an online survey and focus group consultations. 


AVITH MARAM resources

The AVITH MARAM Practice Guide for Professionals Working with Adolescents who Use Violence in the Home  is aimed at professionals who either work directly or come into contact with adolescents who use violence in the home and will be targeted at all workforces that have requirements under MARAM. 

2020 Symposium

In March 2020, the Centre and FSV co-hosted a symposium that brought together peak bodies, sector leaders, academics and government stakeholders to better understand the nature of this issue and how we can respond earlier to support young people and families. A number of these presentations have been recorded and have been made available for you to view. 

Guide to Promising Programs and Practice

This annotated guide has been designed for service providers hoping to implement a similar program in their own agency, and for practitioners looking for a practice approach or referral that could benefit their clients.

AVITH Community of Practice

The AVITH Community of Practice brings together new and existing AVITH providers to strengthen practice through collaboration, discuss key themes and keep up to date with the work being done in this space. To find out if you are eligible to join the group, please contact Karalyn Davies:

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