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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.


The child–parent psychotherapy model in an Australian setting

This practice guide provides an overview of a therapeutic model, child–parent psychotherapy (CPP), capturing the key insights from the ANROWS-funded research project, RECOVER – Reconnecting mothers and children after family violence: The child–parent psychotherapy pilot.

Child–parent psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based intervention designed for parents and pre-school-aged children who have experienced trauma, including intimate partner violence (IPV). In the RECOVER research project, CPP brings children and mothers together in a single therapeutic setting and considers the mother–child relationship as central to a child’s recovery and ongoing safety.

This resource provides an overview of the key stages of the CPP model including:

  • treatment goals and planning
  • the impact of CPP intervention
  • proposed changes expected for the mother and child.

This resource supports policymakers and practitioners to use the CPP model in an Australian setting to respond to the service needs of women and children impacted by IPV. The guide also captures the key insights of the ANROWS research project, RECOVER – Reconnecting mothers and children after violence: The child–parent psychotherapy pilot.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2022). Practice guide: The child–parent psychotherapy model in an Australian setting [Fact sheet]. ANROWS.

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