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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.


Separation, inter-parental conflict, and domestic and family violence: Impact and support needs

This fact sheet is based on findings from a project that examined the impact of domestic and family violence (DFV) on parenting capacity and parent–child relationships in Australia. It will be useful to practitioners working with separated parents, and policymakers addressing parenting.  

The information in this fact sheet is drawn from the Domestic and family violence and parenting: Mixed method insights into impact and support needs project. It defines inter-parental conflict (IPC) and sets out that while it is likely to be high in couples experiencing DFV, it can also exist without being part of a pattern of abusive behaviour where one parent seeks to exert power and control over the other parent.

This factsheet provides a summary of the project under the following sections:

  • definitions and measures
  • prevalence and impact of IPC and DFV before and after separation
  • impact of IPC and DFV after separation: population and qualitative findings
  • support needs of women and children
  • further policy and program development opportunities.

Case studies are included in easily identifiable shaded boxes.



Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2017). Separation, inter-parental conflict, and domestic and family violence: Impact and support needs [Fact sheet]. ANROWS.

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