Building a framework to prevent and respond to young people with disability who use violence at home
Drawing on multidisciplinary bodies of knowledge, including direct input from young people with disability and their families, the aim of this project is to develop a conceptual framework that examines and explains the intersection of AFV, gender and disability.
The project uses a multi-method design to build a new conceptual framework on how and why the problem of AFV arises for young people with disability that can be used to guide intervention development, research, policy and practice. Data collection will proceed over three stages:
- a scoping review to synthesise the literature with a focus on theoretical explanations and causal determinants of AFV
- qualitative inquiry with young people with disability and their families
- a Delphi study to generate evidence-based principles in prevention and response, based on the conceptual framework developed in stages 1 and 2.
AFV does not fit within prevailing models of domestic and family violence, nor within other theoretical frameworks that seek to explain how and why violence occurs. The project directly responds to gaps in the evidence base about the drivers of, and situational factors that contribute to, AFV but is deliberately focused on the disability and gender nexus. The conceptual framework will enable Australian jurisdictions to develop more effective and targeted policy and practice responses to AFV by young people with disability.
Dr Georgina Sutherland, Senior Research Fellow, Disability and Health Unit, The University of Melbourne
Professor Anne Kavanagh, Chair of Disability and Health; Head of the Disability and Health Unit and Academic Director of the Melbourne Disability Institute, The University of Melbourne
Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Head, WHO Collaborating Centre for Strengthening Rehabilitation Capacity in Health Systems, and Stream Leader, Disability and Inequity, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, The University of Sydney
Dr Tania King, ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, Disability and Health, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Cathy Vaughan, Gender and Women’s Health Unit, The University of Melbourne
This project is funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2020–2022 Core Grant round.