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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.



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.

RECOVER – Reconnecting mothers and children after violence: The Child Parent Psychotherapy pilot

Project length
2 years

Developed in the US, the Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is a model of care for mother-child dyads which aims to enhance relationships and reduce trauma. The RECOVER study will test the feasibility of providing this model of care in Australia to mothers and their pre-school aged children who are experiencing domestic and family violence.

This study will investigate:

  • Is the CPP model of care acceptable to clients in the Australian context?
  • Is it acceptable and feasible to implement this model in the Australian context?

Through research partnerships, the RECOVER study will engage CPP practitioners and recruit mother-child dyads from rural and regional catchment areas of Victoria and South Australia.

A metropolitan Melbourne CPP pilot and evaluation is already taking place with grant funding from the Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence. It is intended that the findings from both rural and metropolitan sites will inform the design of a national, multisite randomised controlled trial of the CPP intervention.


Project lead

Dr Leesa Hooker, La Trobe University

Research expertise

Professor Angela Taft, La Trobe University

Professor Cathy Humphreys, University of Melbourne

Professor Sarah Wendt, Flinders University

Practice expertise

Emma Toone, Berry Street Childhood Institute



Allocated from funds distributed by the Luke Batty Foundation

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