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Evaluation of the pre-court support for adolescents using violence in the home (AVITH) pilot: final evaluation report

Juvenile offenders Early intervention services Family violence Adolescent family violence Victoria

Youthlaw, a community legal centre providing legal assistance to young people aged 12 to 25, sought funding from the Victorian Legal Services Board to develop, pilot and evaluate an early intervention model that seeks to engage earlier with young people using violence in the home (the Pilot).

In early 2020, Youthlaw received funding for a two-year period, with the aim of developing, piloting and evaluating a model of pre-court support across the Metropolitan West areas serviced by the Sunshine and Werribee Children’s Court divisions of the Magistrates’ Court, as well as matters which are listed at the Melbourne Children’s Court.

The aim of the evaluation was to assess the implementation, effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of the Pilot, including the extent to which the Pilot appears to be achieving its overarching objectives of reducing escalating contact with the justice system.

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