AVITH Current Research

The Centre highlights academic research projects that builds the evidence base about adolescents using violence in the home. This resource identifies projects that are currently underway. The Centre is not affiliated with these projects. This information is included as reference only and the Centre does not necessarily endorse or is responsible for the views of these authors. For more information about these projects, please email the contact person listed for each project. If you have a project to share, then contact karalyn.davies@cfecfw.asn.au

WRAP around families experiencing adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)

Agency/Person: Elena Campbell and Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ)

Building directly on the PIPA project, this new ANROWS funded project will develop a framework for comprehensive support and earlier intervention. This project will fill this gap by supporting a whole-of-family, collaborative practice framework that captures data across family ecosystems. It will also provide new evidence to support the development of interventions which can address all family members.

To know more about the project, click here.

Exploring the phenomenon of child-to-parent abuse (CPA) in Australia through a gendered lens

Agency/Person: Cristina Tambasco, PhD student at the University of Melbourne

The research applies a social-ecological lens to understanding the gendered dynamics of child-to-parent abuse. It explores the way in which this form of family violence is experienced by families, is conceptualised by parents, children and young people and support practitioners, the context in which it manifests, and its effects on individuals and relationships.

A mixed qualitative method is being used which gathers data through in-depth narrative interviews and the online public message board. The findings are providing a nuanced approach to understand the various systems that interact and yield specific impacts on the lives of children and young people.

To know more about the project, contact Christina at ctambasco@student.unimelb.edu.au

To know more about the project, click here.

Exploring typologies of child-to-parent abuse

Agency/Person: Travis Harries, PhD student at Deakin University

The project is investigating differences between young people in their motivations to use family violence, and how this may be related to unique developmental pathways to violence, in order to inform more responsive and effective intervention. It further explores the effect of physical abuse and corporal punishment on adolescent family violence, as well as the persistence/desistance of violence into intimate partner relationships. A research poster, Age Expansion and Evaluation of the Step Up, Building Healthy Relationships program, was presented at the 2020 AVITH Symposium. 

To know more about this work, contact Travis at travis.harries@deakin.edu.au 

What helps young people create healthy relationships and reject domestic violence?

Agency/Person: Fiona Buchanan, University of South Australia

The aims to find out what helps young people form healthy relationships despite growing up with domestic violence. The project aims to identify the protective factors that can prevent the of inter-generational transmission of violence to inform policy and practice in health, welfare and education. Initial findings reveal that various supports, such as counselling, strong social networks, and portrayals of healthy relationships through media can influence the choice of maintaining healthy relationships.

To know more about this project, click here or contact Fiona.buchanan@unisa.edu.au

Hiding in Plain Sight: Exploring the Lived Experience of Adolescent – to – Mother Violence Where There is a History of Domestic Violence

Agency/Person: David Burck, PhD student at University of Queensland

This project explores the lived experience of adolescent – to – mother violence using interviews with 15 mothers and 10 young people (girls and boys ages 12 – 17) who have a history of domestic violence and young people are currently using violence in the home. Interviews highlight the impact of violence on mothers, young people, their attachments, and the role of support services. Preliminary findings from this project were presented at the 2020 AVITH Symposium.

To know more about this project, contact david.burck@uqconnect.edu.au 

Other relevant research publication can be found here. 

The mental health and mental health service utilisation of young people that engage in violence in the home and their victims

Agency/Person: Maddison Riachi, PhD student at Swinburne University of Technology and The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science 

The literature on young people who use violence in their family and intimate relationships has to date largely investigated different forms of youth family violence independently. This impedes the development of a comprehensive understanding of risk factors and points of intervention. This project addresses this lack of comprehensive understanding by investigating the mental health and mental health service utilisation of a large sample of young people whose violence towards their parents or intimate partners brought them to the attention of Victoria Police. 

To know more about this project, contact mriachi@swin.edu.au 

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