Children living with domestic and family violence: A differential response through multiagency collaboration

Children and family violence
Thursday 26 July, 1050 – 1110


Professor Cathy Humphreys
University of Melbourne

Developing appropriate pathways to assist children living with domestic and family violence (DFV) is challenging, particularly given the rise in police notifications to Child Protection (CP) relating to exposure to domestic violence.

This paper argues that strong collaboration between organisations can provide a differential response in which only those children requiring an investigation are referred into CP, while all other children and their families are diverted to community-based organisations. This is foundational for the development of a more ethical and supportive response to children and their families living with DFV. The paper draws on findings from a case study of the Multi-Agency Triage project in Melbourne, which developed through a collaborative risk assessment process, a differential response to manage referrals of children living with DFV. The case study drew from observations of the triage, nine interviews, and analysis of administrative data.