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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 hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



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.


WRAP around families experiencing adolescent violence in the home (AVITH): Towards a collaborative service response

April 2023

Recent research indicates that families experiencing adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) often manage multiple complexities and have limited access to service support. Previous research, including the PIPA project, found that “one-size-fits-all” approaches can result in punitive responses towards children, highlighting the need for multidisciplinary interventions.

Research also shows that the majority of existing interventions focus primarily on AVITH, without an opportunity to respond to the complexity across families. Little is known about prior service support, impacts on siblings or the extent to which addressing women’s experiences of intimate partner violence may mitigate the emergence of AVITH. This project fills a gap in evidence and future practice, supporting the development of a whole-of-family, collaborative practice framework which services across Australia can employ.

Research aim/s

“WRAP around families experiencing AVITH” (the WRAP around project) has identified support needs of young people and their families who are experiencing AVITH amid a range of co-occurring needs. The research has developed a framework for holistic, evidence-based and collaborative practice.


The WRAP around project’s mixed methods approach involved focus groups with practitioners in Victoria (including a small number from Aboriginal community-controlled organisations) and a case study of an intervention developed by Drummond Street Services. The case study incorporated a case file review, workshops with practitioners, and interviews with parents.


Findings from the WRAP around project address the challenge of supporting families experiencing AVITH. The PIPA project highlighted the complexity of needs across many families who may experience AVITH as one component of this challenge. The collaboration with Drummond Street Services was therefore designed to capture data from service responses which work primarily with families who are experiencing complex needs.

The WRAP around project provides new evidence to support the development of interventions which can address all family members. This includes the development of a whole-of-family, collaborative practice framework which can be adopted by services around Australia.



WRAP around families experiencing AVITH: Towards a collaborative service response

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AVITH Collaborative Practice Framework

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Project lead

Elena Campbell, Associate Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

Research team

Riley Ellard, Senior Researcher, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

Eliza Hew, Project Officer, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

Matilda Simpson, Project Officer, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

Beth McCann, General Manager, Centre for Family Research & Evaluation

Dr Silke Meyer, Chair in Child and Family Research, Griffith University and Adjunct Professor, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, Monash University

Research partners

drummond street services



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

See also

Media release

Experiences of complex trauma and unmet support needs are the primary factors in young people using violence in the home.

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Children, young people and parenting

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

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Working across sectors to meet the needs of clients experiencing domestic and family violence

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Support directory

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