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Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent Violence in the home

The PIPA Project examines the issue of adolescent use of family violence in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia and the response it receives from the justice and service system.

This project examines the issue of adolescents’ use of family violence across Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. In particular, it seeks to understand what happens once young people and their families come to the attention of the justice and service systems because of the young person’s use of family violence – how the system responds and whether this response functions as a negative or positive intervention.

The project is doing this through detailed analysis of 325 case files from legal and court contexts, as well as through focus groups and interviews with practitioners from a wide range of service settings across the three jurisdictions. These have included specialist family violence services, child protection, education, police, drug and alcohol services, youth services and legal practitioners amongst many others. The aim of the PIPA Project is to articulate a more considered and consistent response which can function as a positive intervention for young people, children and their families.

Publications

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Blog

Giving kids a reason to go home

Recent articles have highlighted the consequences of applying punitive responses to children who are using violence in the home. But the CIJ’s research shows that answers to aberrant behaviour by young people do not lie in more punishment, more policing, further vilification. They lie in more support, recognition and safety.

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Blog

PIPA – Second Phase Complete!

The PIPA Project has completed another important phase, in which the bulk of its data collection has occurred.

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Podcast

Family Violence: Responding to the next generation – Hobart Forum

An important panel discussion to explore the challenges of responding to the use of family violence by adolescents.

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Podcast

Family Violence – Responding to the next generation, Perth forum

Speakers from justice agencies; specialist family violence agencies; academia and wider community-based programs share their first hand experiences of working with young people who use violence again family members; the intersection with youth offending; and the need for innovative, holistic and community based responses.

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Family violence: responding to the next generation

Amidst the array of family violence reform across Australia, how does an issue like adolescent family violence rate?

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Key People

Elena Campbell

Elena Campbell

Associate Director of Research, Advocacy & Policy

Elena is a lawyer, speechwriter and former political staffer who has worked in legal and social policy for nearly 20 years. Elena’s expertise includes therapeutic justice, equal opportunity and human rights, as well as the prevention and elimination of violence against women.

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The PIPA Project examines the issue of adolescent use of family violence in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia and the response it receives from the justice and service system.

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