Journal article

Intervening with Children Living with Domestic Violence: Is the System Safe?

Susan Heward-Belle, Lesley Laing, Cathy Humphreys, Cherie Toivonen

Australian Social Work | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018


This article examines cross-sector relationships that facilitated or impeded effective responses to women and children experiencing domestic violence. It reports on the findings of a study of 54 Australian professionals working in either statutory child protection, family law, or domestic violence and community services. Qualitative data gathered from focus groups with participants is the research base for this article. The study found that overwhelmingly the focus group participants described myriad policies and practices in the public sphere that could compound the impact of men’s violence against women in the private sphere. IMPLICATIONS Comprehensive risk assessments should attend to ass..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the financial and other support it has received from Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) towards this research and, through it, the Australian Government and Australian state and territory governments. The findings and views reported in this paper are those of the authors and cannot be attributed to ANROWS, the Australian Government, or any state or territory. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the input from the Project's Advisory Group and participants in each state's case study research.