Adolescent family violence

Investigating adolescent family violence
MGFV Investigators: Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor JaneMaree Maher and Dr Karla Elliott
Project contacts: Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Professor JaneMaree Maher

Adolescent family violence (AFV) describes violence perpetrated by young people against family members. This distinct form of family violence has a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of families. To date, there is limited research examining AFV, and few tailored responses and programs to address it.

**The AFV project Research Report, Investigating Adolescent Family Violence in Victoria: Understanding experiences and practitioner perspectives, will be launched on 2 August 2018. Registration and more information on the event is available here.**

Investigating adolescent family violence project

Investigating adolescent family violence is a project recently finalised by a multidisciplinary team of Monash University researchers from the School of Social Sciences, the Department of General Practice, and the Department of Social Work. It explored attitudes towards, patterns of, and the impact of AFV. The project built on, and complemented, work being conducted in the United Kingdom (titled Investigating adolescent violence towards parents). Associate Professor Rachel Condry, Oxford University, the lead researcher on adolescent violence research in the UK visited and conducted a workshop with Monash researchers in February 2017.

The findings will be of relevance to all Australian jurisdictions, and have the potential to inform and reform legal, health and social responses to AFV, and provide a greater understanding of ‘risk’.

International Network Addressing Filial Violence

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Professor Rachel Condry will be leading the establishment of an International Network Addressing Filial Violence, which will hold its first network event in Prato, Italy in September 2018. The aim for this network is to bring together leading experts to undertake focused research on the commission of violence by children against their parents across the life course. The initial membership of the network includes academics from Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

Background information on AFV can be found in our previously published Context Report: Investigating Adolescent Family Violence in Victoria: Background, research and directions.


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