Presenters: Cathy Humphreys and Kathryn Lyons
Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 11:30–12:30pm AEDT.
This webinar will explore the implications of recent research on women’s and children’s experiences of family violence and inter-parental conflict.
Recent research led by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) found that both domestic and family violence (DFV) and inter-parental conflict (IPC) have a range of negative consequences for families and children, including increased parenting difficulties. It revealed that DFV and IPC are relatively common in Australian families, including separating families:
- One in 4 mothers reported past or emerging IPC, with 8–9% reporting persistent IPC; and
- One in 4 mothers in separated families reported physical harm before separation (compared to 1 in 6 fathers).
In families where mothers experienced IPC, children were more likely to have poorer physical health, poorer socio-emotional adjustment and lower academic achievement. Similarly, DFV was closely associated with poorer parent–child relationships.
This webinar will explore the impacts of DFV and IPC on parenting capacity and children’s social and emotional wellbeing. It will discuss implications for practice, including the need to develop responses that restore parenting capacity and repair parent–child relationships.
This webinar is presented in collaboration with ANROWS and the Family Law Pathways Network of Greater Melbourne.