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.