Group Work as a Means of Addressing Intersections Between Child Protection and Domestic Violence

October 5, 2017

Dr Timothy Broady, Senior Research Officer at Relationships Australia NSW joins us at the 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference to discuss “Group work as a means of addressing intersections between child protection and domestic violence”.

Literature widely reports a significant overlap in the occurrence of domestic and family violence (DFV) and child maltreatment. Children living in an environment of DFV are at significant risk of directly experiencing violence themselves, or experiencing indirect negative effects of violence, such as being neglected due to their parents’ reduced caregiving capacity.

Dr Timothy Broady

Many have argued that the presence of DFV within the family home constitutes a form of DFV itself. Services attempting to assist clients in addressing either of these presenting concerns need to acknowledge and respond to the overlap between issues such as DFV and child maltreatment.

This presentation will discuss findings from a series of evaluations of group programs offered by Relationships Australia NSW:

1) a group for men who have used violence towards their female partners;

2) a group for women who are in, or have been in, an abusive relationship; and

3) a group for parents whose children have been removed from their care

While each of these groups has an individual focus on either DFV or child protection, both issues are commonly experienced by clients of all three programs. Findings from program evaluations highlight the overlap between DFV and involvement in the child protection system, and suggest that a supportive and non-judgmental group environment can allow parents to make significant behavioural changes.

This presentation will demonstrate the potential for group programs to enable parents to equip themselves to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to raise their children.

This year the STOP Domestic Violence Conference will embark on the theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’ with nine featured speakers and over 50 expert stream/ workshop presenters.  The Conference aims to provide a platform for a unified national voice on ending domestic violence.

Find out more here.

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