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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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PI.17.08

The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home

Completed
March 2020

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priority 3.3:
Models to address diversity


The overarching aim of the Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home (PIPA) project was to address a gap in knowledge concerning adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)—specifically, the initial legal response that adolescents and their families receive when their use of AVITH comes to the attention of the legal system.

The PIPA project examined legal and service interventions across three jurisdictions at different stages of legislative, policy and definitional development (Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania).


In this context, the project further aimed to:

  • interrogate how (and whether) AVITH was being met with a legal response in legislative and service settings across the different jurisdictions
  • explore overall awareness of AVITH across varied service and legal constellations
  • explore the narrative behind AVITH: this included examining what had occurred in the lives of adolescents before, and at the time, that they had experienced a legal response, as well as what this response had meant for adolescents and their families once intervention had occurred.

The research involved focus groups and interviews across the three jurisdictions with participants from specialist family violence (including adolescent-specific) services; wider social and statutory services; and legal practitioners, court staff and police. Complementing this qualitative approach, a mixed methods review of legal case files from across the participating jurisdictions was undertaken.


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RESEARCH REPORT

The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)

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RESEARCH SUMMARY

The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home. Key findings and future directions

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[accessible word document] The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)

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[accessible word document] The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home. Key findings and future directions

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Researchers

Project lead

Ms Elena Campbell, RMIT University

Research expertise

Ms Jessica Richter, RMIT University

Associate Professor Rob Hulls, RMIT University

Dr Helen Cockburn, University of Tasmania

Ms Jo Howard, Consultant

Practitioner expertise

Ms Tanya Langford, Peel Youth Services

Ms Rosy Jolic, Victoria Legal Aid

Ms Maureen Kavanagh, Legal Aid Western Australia

Ms Ariel Couchman, Youthlaw

Research partners
Establishment of a steering group including:

President of the Children’s Court of Victoria

Commissioner for Children and Young People

Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People

Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police, Family Violence Command

Family Violence Program Manager, Victoria Legal Aid

Executive Director, Jesuit Social Service

Sexual Assault and Family Violence Program Manager, Youth Justice, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Youth Justice Manager, Department of Health and Human Services

Family Violence Program Manager, YouthLaw

CEO, Women’s Legal Service

Executive Director or Policy Officer, Domestic Violence Victoria

CEO or Policy Officer, No to Violence

Budget

$168,221

Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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