Responding to problematic and harmful sexual behaviours in young people

Presenters emphasised that while there may be some instances of young people using harmful sexual behaviours as well as other types of violence in the home, rates of co-occurrence are low, and it is important that these two issues are not conflated.

Children or young people using harmful sexual behaviours require specialised therapeutic support.

This webinar highlighted the issues and needs relating to young people using these behaviours, and provided an overview of the SABTS (Sexually Abusive Behaviour Treatment Services) programs in Victoria. We spoke with representatives from the Victorian Harmful Sexual Behaviour Network:

  • Jenny Wing (Chair)
  • Jackie Bateman (Deputy Chair)
  • Michael Keane

View the presentation slides here.

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

We hear from Maddison Riachi, who is a current Doctoral Candidate completing her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic) at Swinburne University and The Centre of Forensic Behavioural Science. Maddison has recently completed research investigating the topic of mental health and mental health service utilisation of young people whose use of violence has brought them to the attention of Victoria Police.

We’re then joined by our panel of Specialist Family Violence Advisors in Mental Health to discuss access to mental health support services, identifying AVITH and working holistically.

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

Dr Georgina Sutherland and Dr Mediya Rangi provides an overview of this ANROWS-funded project, which aims 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.

View the presentation slides here.

Supporting parents/carers with safe gaming

Mandy Buchholtz from Uniting’s Recoded program discusses practical tips and strategies that can help families to implement safe gaming behaviours at home.

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Legal support for young people

In this webinar, we heard from practitioners from Victoria’s community legal centre for young people, Youthlaw to discuss their Pre-Court AVITH Program and their model of integrated practice.

Towards collaborative service

Elena Campbell, Associate Director at the Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) speaks about research currently underway: the WRAP Around project.

Police Responses

In this interview, Jane Phillips from the Centre interviews Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter (Family Violence Command, Victoria Police) about responding to adolescent violence in the home.

The Family Violence Command is the first of its kind in any policing jurisdiction in Australia. In this interview with Centre staff, Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter addresses practical issues faced when responding to young people using violence in the home, and addresses how service sectors might work together to intervene earlier.