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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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RP.20.04

Service system responses and culturally designed practice frameworks to address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children exposed to domestic and family violence

Project length
18 months

Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations provide Family Wellbeing Services (FWS) to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in contact with the child protection system. FWS have been working hard to support the needs of families referred to them, including responding to high levels of domestic and family violence (DFV).


One of the major causes of contact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people with the child protection and youth justice systems in Queensland is the presence of DFV within their homes. However, to date there has been limited research undertaken about the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who are exposed to DFV.

The research will explore the experiences and service needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people exposed to DFV attending FWS. It will engage community-based researchers across eight Queensland FWS locations in regional and remote localities to harness local cultural knowledge.


Research aim/s

The aim of this research is to identify the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people exposed to DFV, and to determine effective service responses using an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural lens.

Methods

Researchers will utilise an action research methodology and recruit and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based researchers to engage stakeholders, community leaders, children and families to understand the nature, experiences and impacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childhood exposure to DFV.

Action research meetings will identify critical elements of success, challenges and barriers, and cultural wisdom that has enabled effective strategies to be developed that have addressed DFV for children and families.


Significance

The research will support development of a best practice framework for prevention and early intervention practices. Findings will inform practice models stemming from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander world views that mitigate the risks associated with exposure to DFV.

Using existing networks within the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the team will disseminate best practice resources across service systems. We will incorporate considerations for adaptation in different jurisdictions to help to ensure wide use.

Adoption of best practice models identified through the research will contribute to enhanced wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.


Researchers

Project lead

Garth Morgan, CEO, QATSICPP

Candice Butler, Director, Innovation and Practice Development, QATSICPP

Research team

Jenny Parsons, Project Officer, QATSICPP

Eliza Miller, Project Officer, QATSICPP

Reno French, Project Officer, QATSICPP

Lisa Hillan, Director, Policy Research Evaluation, QATSICPP

Research partners

Professor Darryl Higgins, Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS), Australian Catholic University

Alex Cahill, Research Officer, ICPS, Australian Catholic University

Seb Trew, Research Officer, ICPS, Australian Catholic University

Budget

$122,287

This project is funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2020–2022 Core Grant round.

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