Family violence

Domestic and family violence
Domestic violence

Established to focus on developments in research, policies and actions since the Royal Commission into Family Violence, this collection includes of policy-relevant resources that relate to current and emerging issues in Australia and research, policy and evaluation relevant to the design and implementation of activities...

Let’s talk about sex: exploring practitioners’ views on discussing intimate partner sexual violence in domestic and family violence perpetrator intervention programs

Domestic and family violence (DFV) reform agendas in Australia increasingly assert the need to shift the burden of responsibility away from victim-survivors and ensure a sustained focus on DFV perpetrators. This report presents findings from a study examining how DFV perpetrator intervention programs respond to...

You can’t pour from an empty cup: strengthening our service and systems responses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who experience domestic and family violence

Other authors
Lisa Hillan, Eva Ruggiero, Jennifer Parsons, Gareth Prior, Lela Idagi, Rachel Bruce, Aletia Twist, Tracy Gray, Mary Hostalek, Jamie Gibson, Beverley Mitchell, Traven Lea, Carol Miller, Fred Lemson, Sonya Bogdanek, Ursula Barber, Daryl Higgins, Alex Cahill
This research provides an understanding of how services and systems, including health and education, can better hear from and respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who experience domestic and family violence.

Healing our children and young people: a framework to address the impacts of domestic and family violence

Other authors
Lisa Hillan, Eva Ruggiero, Jennifer Parsons, Gareth Prior, Lela Idagi, Rachel Bruce, A.Twist, Tracy Gray
This resource is for policy-makers and practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have experienced domestic and family violence and have come into contact with child protection systems.

I believe you: children and young people’s experiences of seeking help, securing help and navigating the family violence system

This report presents the findings from 17 in-depth interviews conducted with Victorian children and young people, from the ages of 10 to 25, with lived experience of family violence. The research seeks to give voice to the experiences and expertise of children and young people...

Who uses domestic, family, and sexual violence, how, and why?

This report provides a focused examination of violence perpetration, in order to enhance national efforts to end domestic, family and sexual violence.
Briefing paper

Domestic Violence Disclosure Schemes: policy overview

This overview examines Domestic Violence Disclosure Schemes, including what they are, and where they have been debated across Australia and New Zealand.

Domestic and family violence perpetrator screening and risk assessment in Queensland: current practice and future opportunities

Following substantial domestic and family violence reforms in Australia in recent years, the identification of victim-survivors is increasingly embedded across service system responses. This paper presents a subset of findings from a larger national study of perpetrator focused screening and risk assessment practices.

Secrecy, control and violence in women's intimate relationships with child sexual abuse material offenders

This paper presents the findings of the first study to examine the crossover between domestic violence, coercive control and child sexual abuse material (CSAM) offending in intimate relationships.

‘Can’t you girls work this out?’: LGBTQ+ victim-survivors’ experiences of Victoria’s family violence intervention order system

This report examines the experiences of LGBTQ+ family violence victim-survivors with Victoria’s family violence intervention order system.

Safe and Equal: primary prevention strategy 2022-24

The purpose of this strategy document is to guide Safe and Equal’s prevention focus across the organisation over an initial period of two years. It will provide clarity and consistency in how they describe their role in primary prevention, and how they intend to advance...

Wiyi yani u thangani (Women's voices): First Nations Women’s Safety Policy Forum outcomes report - November 2022

This report primarily deals with context setting and the steps required for how to move forward in designing effective plans and policies to end violence. At the heart of this report is the recognition of the importance of First Nations women’s lives, diverse strengths and...
Discussion paper

Designed to disrupt: reimagining banking products to improve financial safety

This discussion paper is the first in a series of papers that will look at how the finance sector can minimise harm from the misuse of its products by perpetrators of domestic violence. The paper calls for financial products to better support financial safety.

Young, in love and in danger: teen domestic violence and abuse in Tasmania

Teen domestic violence and abuse is a serious public health issue - causing a wide range of detrimental impacts for victim-survivors, perpetrators and society. This report outlines the findings of recent research into teen domestic violence, and provides recommendations for preventing and responding to it.

A call for change

This inquiry report outlines evidence that there are cultural issues within the Queensland Police Service which inhibit the policing of domestic and family violence. There is also evidence that there is a lack of understanding of the dynamics of, and power imbalance within, domestically violent...

Making a difference: international responses to economic abuse

This report outlines key international developments in response to economic abuse over the past 12-18 months across six participating countries: Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Keeping people safe from domestic and family violence

This audit examines how effectively state public sector entities keep people safe from domestic and family violence (DFV), prevent it from occurring, and rehabilitate perpetrators to minimise re-offending. The audit also assesses how these entities coordinate with non-government DFV services.

National plan to end violence against women and children 2022-2032

This strategy document is the overarching, national policy framework that will guide actions towards ending violence against women and children over the next 10 years. It highlights how all parts of society must work together to achieve the shared vision of ending gender-based violence.

IBAC’s referral and oversight of Emma’s complaints about Victoria Police’s response to family violence by a police officer: special report

This report highlights the experience of ‘Emma’ (not her real name), who was the victim of significant violence perpetrated by her then partner, who was at the time a serving member of Victoria Police.

Come together to end domestic abuse: a survey of UK attitudes to domestic abuse 2022

Women's Aid's 'Come Together to End Domestic Abuse' campaign involves a range of activities, including media partnerships, events and public awareness. The campaign has research and evaluation at its heart. The aim of their recent survey was to design a piece of formative research to...

Connecting the dots: understanding the domestic and family violence experiences of children and young people with disability within and across sectors - final report

This report presents the findings from research that aimed to provide new knowledge on the nature and extent of domestic and family violence experienced by children with disability (0 to 18 years), and the experiences of children and young people with disability (8 to 24...

The nature and extent of domestic and family violence exposure for children and young people with disability

This study provides a deeper insight into the exposure to domestic and family violence for children with disability. It lays the groundwork for the future research that is required into service provision and access for children with disability, and the design of preventative and responsive...

Truth is, the abuse never stopped

The primary purpose of this research project has been to consult adult victim survivors who experienced domestic and family violence in their childhood or youth, so that we can better understand their situation and support needs at that time. This report presents findings from that...

Adolescent family violence in Australia: a national study of prevalence, history of childhood victimisation and impacts

This report, the first to emerge from a larger project examining adolescent family violence (AFV) in Australia, centres the voices of young people who have used AFV, providing insight that has until now been lacking into how these young people make sense of their use...

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

This evaluation represents an important addition to the evolving understanding of the issue of adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) and, in particular, the way in which Victoria’s current family violence response drives young people into contact with the justice system.