The impact of domestic violence on parenting

Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence in the Family Law System: Reflections and Future Directions
Friday 27 July, 1135 – 1155


Professor Cathy Humphreys
University of Melbourne

This project was led by Dr Rae Kaspiew, Australian Institute of Family Studies and Professor Humphreys is also a researcher on this project. It builds the evidence base on the impact of domestic and family violence (DFV) on parenting, providing an important foundation on which to base policy and practice strategies that respond to the needs of mothers and children whose relationships have been impaired through exposure to DFV.

The research has three complementary strands: a literature review, a quantitative element using three existing, large-scale national databases (the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, the Longitudinal Study of Separated Families and the Survey of Recently Separated Parents 2012), and a qualitative element providing insight into the experiences of mothers who have used services across a range of areas in the context of a history of DFV. The research has generated new evidence directly relevant to policy and practice across the areas of child protection, family law, DFV and family support services. This presentation will focus on the findings in relations to experiences of post-separation contact arrangements and the problems where children continue living with domestic and family violence.