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

Friday March 13, 2020, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Funded by Family Safety Victoria (FSV) and developed 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 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. Police and legal interventions are often the only options available for families when an adolescent family violence situation reaches crisis point. 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.

Speakers and panellists:

  • Opening address by Annette Lancy, Acting CEO of Family Safety Victoria and Argiri Alisandratos, Deputy Secretary, Children and Families (DHHS)
  • Marcia Neave AO – Former Commissioner Royal Commission into Family Violence
  • Liana Buchanan – Principal Commissioner, Commission for Children and Young People
  • Elena Campbell – Centre for Innovative Justice
  • Dr Kate FitzGibbon and Associate Professor Silke Meyer – Monash Gender and Family Violence Network
  • Facilitated by Professor Cathy Humphreys

Plus more speakers sharing their experiences of delivering emerging and evidence-informed programs and services. More details to be announced soon!


How do I access the venue?

Access to the venue is via Entrance 3 Seminar Rooms (Village Roadshow Theatrette) at 179 La Trobe Street.

This venue is fully wheelchair accessible. Audio looping is also available for those with hearing devices.

Is parking available?

There is no parking available onsite at the Library. The State Library is conveniently located close to Melbourne Central Train Station, with numerous other public transport options available. For more information, please visit ptv.vic.gov.au

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

There is no need to print your ticket. Simply proceed to our registration desk in the morning and we will have your details ready.

What if I need to cancel my ticket?

We anticipate a large amount of interest in this event. It is important that you email Karalyn.davies@cfecfw.asn.au to let us know if you are no longer able to attend so we can allocate your ticket to somebody else.

Is my ticket transferable?

If you need to transfer your ticket to somebody else, please email Karalyn.davies@cfecfw.asn.au at least one week prior to the event so that we can prepare correct name tags.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For any further information about the event, please contact Karalyn.davies@cfecfw.asn.au or call the Centre on (03) 9614 1577.


Friday March 13, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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