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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.


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To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Invisible practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence

December 2018

This project aimed to provide an evidence base for intervening with fathers who use domestic and family violence (DFV), in order to enhance support for women and children living with DFV.

The project delivered an evidence-informed Practice Guide for workers and highlights the need for organisations to undertake systemic change to embed new practice approaches.

Structured interventions with men who use violence mostly occur through the criminal justice system and specialist men’s behaviour change programs. While other services, such as child protection and family support services, work with fathers who use violence, this work has never been documented or formalised. In other words, to date, this work has been largely “invisible”.

The project’s findings are structured around four themes:

  • key skills identified for working with fathers who use violence and control;
  • key factors identified in partnering with women;
  • key skills in ensuring a focus on children and young people; and
  • the role of organisations and practitioner capacity building.

The project built upon earlier ANROWS research, including the PATRICIA (PAThways and Research Into Collaborative Inter-Agency practice) project, which investigated fostering collaboration between child protection and specialist DFV services.

The Invisible Practices project also draws on evidence from other existing research, the expertise of practitioners in four states and the technical skills and knowledge of the US-based Safe & Together Institute’s consultants David Mandel and Kyle Pinto.


Research Report

Invisible practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence


Research summary

Invisible practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence. Key findings and future directions



Practice guide: Invisible Practices – Working with fathers who use violence

see also


Invisible practices: Working with fathers who use violence



Project Lead

Professor Cathy Humphreys, University of Melbourne

Research expertise

Professor Marie Connolly, University of Melbourne

Dr Lucy Healey, University of Melbourne

Professor Donna Chung, Curtin University

Mr Damian Green, Curtin University

Professor Patrick O'Leary, Griffith University

Dr Menka Tsantefski, Griffith University

Dr Lesley Laing, The University of Sydney

Dr Susan Heward-Belle, The University of Sydney

Policy expertises / Government partners

Ms Sherilee Mitchell, WA Department for Child Protection and Family Support

Ms Jan Snell, Department of Health & Human Services, VIC

Ms Deb Tsorbaris, The Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare

Ms Kate Alexander, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Professor Muriel Bamblett, VIC Aboriginal Child Care Agency

Ms Kate Cherry, QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Research partners

Australian Child Safety Alliance (ACSA)





Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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