Who is leading the change
- Family Safety Victoria
The Victorian Government, subject to successful evaluation of the Adolescent Family Violence Program, extend the program across Victoria.
The Victorian Government provided a $700,000 funding boost in 2016–17 to the existing Adolescent Family Violence Program to extend the program and enable providers to work with more families, bringing the total funding to approximately $1.3 million for 2016–17. The $700,000 per annum funding boost was continued for a further two years (in 2017-18 and 2018-19).
Government is trialling a more intensive approach for adolescents who are using violence in the home. This work, together with the findings of an evaluation of the Adolescent Family Violence Program, is helping inform future options for the delivery of these services.
The 2018/19 State Budget allocated $1.35 million over 2 years to strengthen and expand services that are working to reduce use of family violence by adolescents in the home. This has included:
- expanding adolescent family violence services to more young people and their families in the Barwon and Bayside Peninsula areas where The Orange Door Network has been established.
- design and delivery of an Aboriginal-specific service for adolescents who use violence in the home in Mildura
An evaluation of the Adolescent Family Violence Program found that the program delivers an effective specialised response to specific issues affecting young people who use violence in the home and their families. The evaluation also found that, through the program:
- young people's understanding and management of their behaviour improved
- parents had increased confidence in managing young people's behaviour
- the nature and frequency of violence and aggression reduced
- education, work and health outcomes for young people improved
The evaluation executive summary was publicly released in 2020.
Opportunities to further improve supports to adolescents who use family violence, and their families continues to be explored. Victoria’s Adolescent Family Violence program providers meet regularly, allowing practitioners working with adolescents who use family violence to share learnings and best practice. Building on this, Family Safety Victoria is currently working with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare to build the evidence for identifying and responding to adolescent family violence.
This has included holding a series of consultation workshops with the child and family services and specialist family violence workforces to identify current interventions, practice resources and tools for adolescent family violence. The outcomes of this consultation where highlighted at the Adolescent Family Violence Symposium ‘Starting with the young person: Reframing how we understand and respond earlier to adolescent violence in the home’ held on 13 March 2020 by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare in partnership with Family Safety Victoria.
Family Safety Victoria continues to work towards building the evidence base for adolescent family violence.
Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2022.
Reviewed 06 January 2021