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Adolescents Who Use Violence in the Home

Working with service providers to build evidence on what works
"Studies show that between 1% and 7% of violence in the home reported to police involves adolescents using violence toward parents. In Victoria, police statistics demonstrate that every year for the past five years, over 7000 incidents of youth violence occurred in the home"

The Adolescent Family Violence Project, managed by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and funded by Family Safety Victoria, brings together service providers from across Victoria to develop developmentally appropriate approaches to responding to young people who use violence in the home.


There are three major phases of the project:

1) Cross Sector-Consultation

Extensive cross-sector consultation with family and specialist family violence services on current responses to adolescent violence in the home, identifying shared practices and what works

2) Co-Hosted Symposium

2) Co-Hosted Symposium

A co-hosted symposium in early 2020 on managing adolescent violence in the home (presented by the Centre and Family Safety Victoria)

3) Solutions & Resources

A series of practice forums with associated tools and resources for practitioners working with these young people.

The project aligns with recent recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and Roadmap for Reform: Strong families, safe children around bridging current knowledge gaps in managing adolescent family violence in the home and providing appropriate supportive intervention to children and young people as needed.

For more information about the project, contact Karalyn.Davies@cfecfw.asn.au

13 Mar

Starting with the young person: Reframing how we understand and respond earlier to adolescents using violence I the home

  • 08:30 am
  • State Library of Victoria

Funded by Family Safety Victoria (FSV) and in consultation with Domestic Violence Victoria, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare is leading an initiative aimed at identifying, translating and embedding the best available research and practice expertise to build the evidence base in relation to adolescents who use violence in the home. Studies show that children and adolescents who use violence in the home are often themselves victims or witnesses of family violence or child abuse. Adverse childhood experiences, mental health problems, disability, learning difficulties, and problematic substance use can also contribute to use of violence. When these situations reach crisis point, police and legal interventions are often necessary. However, this line of response represents a critical missed opportunity for services to intervene early with developmentally appropriate, therapeutic approaches. This symposium will bring 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.

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