The complex needs of young people using violence against family members raises conceptual dilemmas and practice challenges. Data collected from Victorian social services workers during the Building the Evidence project suggests that young people using violence in the home can also have experience of one or more of these influencing factors:

  • be victims/survivors of family violence themselves
  • may have a history of trauma (including intergenerational trauma)
  • may have a disability diagnosis (Autism Spectrum Disorder is particularly common)
  • may have issues with alcohol and/or other drugs
  • may experience issues with mental health.

Young people need support around these complex factors, and therefore approaches that might be relevant with other types of family violence (such as removing and punishing perpetrators in the case of intimate partner violence) will not be effective in the same way.

Findings from a recent scoping review undertaken by the Centre highlight a notable lack of rigorously evaluated programs targeting adolescents who use violence in the home. This makes it difficult to conclude which programs might be considered ‘evidence-informed’.

What do we mean by AVITH related ‘evidence’?

Implications for AVITH program design




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