Adolescent Violence in the Home

Funded by Family Safety Victoria (FSV) and in consultation with Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic), the Centre is leading this state-wide 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.

The ongoing work of family violence reforms has highlighted gaps in knowledge and research in this area. The Centre’s recent work with professionals from the child and family services and family violence sectors has highlighted the complexities of this issue and the vulnerabilities of these young people. The conceptualisation of adolescents as ‘perpetrators’ fails to recognise the duality of a young person who is causing harm while simultaneously requiring care and support from parents and caregivers. This project highlights the need for earlier intervention and the critical importance of more nuanced and coordinated responses from professionals across all service sectors.

There are three major phases of the project:

Cross-Sector Consultation

We delivered 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.

Co-hosted Symposium

In March 2020, we co-hosted a symposium on managing adolescent violence in the home in partnership with Family Safety Victoria.

Solutions and Resources

We delivered 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 about bridging current knowledge gaps in managing adolescent violence in the home and providing appropriate, supportive interventions to children, young people and families.

For more information about the project, contact michele.lonsdale@cfecfw.asn.au

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