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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.


Young people bereaved by domestic homicide


When a parent is killed by their partner, their children experience multiple losses. One parent is deceased; the other is detained, on the run or has died by suicide; and the home has often become a crime scene. In the aftermath, far-reaching decisions about the future of children and young people are made by family, the police, child protection and other professionals, often with little guidance. Young people's and caregivers' voices are crucial in this context.


We aim to contribute to improving support for children and young people who have lost a parent due to domestic homicide. We focus on understanding young people's, caregivers' and professionals' perspectives on living arrangements, family and peer relationships, contact with the perpetrator and identity development after parental intimate partner homicide.


This is a qualitative project involving in-depth interviews and any materials that participants find important to share. Participants are a) people with lived experience: young people and adults who have been bereaved by domestic homicide when they were a child (i.e. aged <18 years at the time of the homicide and aged ≥12 years at the time of the interview); b) current or previous caregivers of children and young people bereaved by domestic homicide; and c) professionals who have worked with children and young people bereaved by domestic homicide (e.g. child protection staff, mental health workers, education staff, policymakers).


The impact of domestic homicide on children and family members has traditionally been overlooked. This project will give young people and caregivers, as well as the professionals supporting them, a voice regarding their experiences and needs. We collaborate with stakeholders within the sector and community throughout the project in order to facilitate translation of the findings into policy and practice.

Funding Body

Australian Research Council (Project ID: FT190100255)

Funding Budget


Project start date

January 2020

Expected completion date

December 2023
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