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The Centre is interested in highlighting academic research projects that will help to build the evidence base about adolescents using violence in the home.  

Please note: 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.

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A Systematic Review of Child to Parent Violence Interventions

The article identifies, appraises, and synthesizes research on the interventions used in child to parent violence. The research sought to address the question: How do practitioners effectively support families experiencing child-to-parent violence? As such, six themes were identified; Conceptualising the violence; Assessment of needs and risks; Intervention types and settings; Program techniques and components of interventions; Intervention outcomes and effectiveness; and Research design and methods. The findings from this article identifies the need for further research into child to parent violence including what makes interventions effective.

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Building a framework to prevent and respond to young people with disability who use violence at home

University of Melbourne

The aim of this ANROWS funded project is to build a better understanding of individual, relationship, community context and sociocultural factors relevant for understanding young people with disability who use violence at home. The project entails a conceptual review of the literature and in-depth qualitative inquiry about the lived experience of young people with disability, their families and key sector stakeholders.

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

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. 

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National study of prevalence, use of and exposure to violence, and support needs for young people

Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre

While research in this area has developed in recent years, there remains significant gaps in current understandings of this form of family violence. Specifically, there is no research within Australia or internationally that examines the prevalence, nature and responses to AFV from the direct perspective of young people. Funded by ANROWS, this project will generate the new knowledge needed to inform improved policy and practices responses to AFV across Australian communities.

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Principle Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon

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

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.

Contact PhD Student, Cristina Tambasco:

Hiding in Plain Sight: Exploring the lived experience of adolescent-to-mother violence where there is a history of dv

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 who 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. 

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Contact PhD student, David Burck at

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

Swinburne University of Technology and The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science

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.

Contact PhD student, Maddison Riachi 

Exploring typologies of child-to-parent abuse

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.

Research poster 

Contact PhD student, Travis Harries at 

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

University of South Australia

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.


Research Summaries