Adolescent family violence in Australia: A national study of prevalence, history of childhood victimisation and impacts

Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Silke Meyer, Hayley Boxall, JaneMaree Maher, Steven Roberts

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This report is organised into four key sections:

Section 1 presents the prevalence study by drawing on the quantitative findings on violence used by young people in the home as well as the co-occurrence of experiencing family violence, being a direct target of family violence, and the perpetration of AFV.

Section 2 presents the study findings specific to five priority adolescent cohorts: First Nations young people, young people from NESBs, young people with disability, gender-diverse young people, and young people with diverse sexual identities.

Section 3 draws on the qualitative study components to examine young people’s rationale for using family violence in the home.

Section 4 explores the impacts of adolescent family violence and experiences of family violence on young people in Australia.

The findings from this stage of the research raise a number of implications for policy and practice. The findings highlight the critical need for greater trauma-informed practice when responding to families affected by DFV, including child abuse and AFV. Supporting a young person’s recovery from DFV is an essential strategy to reduce the risk of intergenerational violence, and other short- and long-term impacts of violence on children’s and young people’s lives.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
Commissioning bodyAustralia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited (ANROWS)
Number of pages88
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • adolescent family violence
  • family violence
  • domestic violence
  • child abuse
  • intergenerational violence
  • victim-survivors

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