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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.


The PIPA project: Positive interventions for perpetrators of adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)

Project length
2 years

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priority 3.3:
Models to address diversity

The PIPA project aims to improve evidence on the prevalence of adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) as it presents in different justice and service contexts; its co-occurrence with other issues and juvenile offending; and current responses and gaps in service delivery. This project has two separate but complimentary research approaches.

The first will use: a literature review; quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including interviews and focus groups with practitioners from courts, family violence services, ChildFirst, family services, legal services, youth and education services; court observations as well as a mapping of the legislative, regulatory frameworks along with policy and service responses across the three jurisdictions; to examine the prevalence of AVITH and current responses to it across Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Secondly, an Innovation Case Study is proposed using action research approach to track changes in legislation, policy and practice during the implementation of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations. The Victorian case study will provide learnings to support the development of integrated responses and practice in other jurisdictions whilst supporting local implementation through its action research based framework.

The research team will be supported by a project steering group enabling information exchange between, with and across sectors and to senior government officials. Changes in practice and ongoing gaps in service delivery identified through surveys of practitioners and by steering group members will support ongoing implementation and provide learnings for other jurisdictions.


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

Practitioner expertise

Ms Jo Howard, Consultant

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, Department of Justice &


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



Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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