Family violence and education: Review of the evidence on impacts of violence and responding to violence in the education sector

Family violence Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
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Family violence is a key public health issue in Australia.

Approximately one in four Australian women have experienced violence by an intimate partner since the age of 15. Family violence can take a multitude of forms including but not limited to physical violence, sexual violence, emotional abuse and coercive control.

Children and young people are also often impacted by family violence, and in recent years there has been a shift in understanding and practice to recognise children and young people as victims in their own right. There is considerable evidence that children and youth are exposed to multiple forms of family violence, and that such violence has lasting impacts on their development.

This report examines both children who experience direct victimisation of family violence as well as those who experience family violence through exposure such as witnessing or hearing intimate partner violence in the household.

DET commissioned this literature review to assess and contribute to the evidence base for addressing family violence within the education sector.

The purpose of this literature review is to identify, investigate and synthesise evidence on the prevalence and impact on children and youth experiencing or exposed to family violence.

This report also surveys family violence response and early intervention programming in the education sector, and examines the evidence relating to the efficacy of such programs.

This review included an analysis of over 200 reports including state, national and international research on the various impacts of family violence on children and
youth, and on early identification, early intervention and response practices in education settings.

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