Adolescent family violence in Australia: A national study of prevalence, use of and exposure to violence, and support needs for young people
This project aims to:
- create a robust prevalence database on the use of family violence by young people within the home, including among marginalised community groups
- understand the nature of family violence used by young people within the home
- examine the degree to which young people who use violence within the home have been exposed to different forms of family violence throughout childhood
- generate new insights and recommendations into support needs for young people using family violence.
This project will conduct a prevalence survey of 5,000 young Australians aged 16 to 20 years. The survey instrument will be designed to:
- create a robust dataset for measuring the prevalence of AFV in Australia
- facilitate better understanding of AFV alongside an understanding of DFV exposure during childhood
- generate new knowledge on current service options and support needs among this cohort.
The survey will consist of a series of demographic, quantitative and qualitative questions.
The project will establish the first Australian community-based prevalence data for AFV. The in-depth evidence to be gained on the nature of violence used by young people within the home as well as exposure to DFV during childhood will ensure, for the first time, that policymakers across Australia have the evidence required to design tailored, client-centred responses to different communities of young people using and exposed to DFV. This evidence will be contextualised with an understanding of young people’s experiences accessing supports and their expressed service needs. Importantly, the survey sample will be representative of the diverse Australian community, ensuring the findings include insights into experiences and service needs of marginalised young people. Findings will inform policy decisions on the number and type of support services needed and allocation of resources for responding to AFV.
Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Director, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, Monash University
Professor Silke Meyer, Leneen Forde Chair of Child and Family Research, Griffith University
Professor JaneMaree Maher, Professor of Sociology, Monash University
Hayley Boxall, Research Manager, Violence against Women and Children Research Program, Australian Institute of Criminology
Professor Steven Robert, Professor of Education and Social Justice, Monash University
Dr Kathryn Benier, Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University
This project will be supported by an expert advisory board, including current Commissioners for Children and Young People, advocates for children and young people, and international experts.
This project is funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2020–2022 Core Grant round.