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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Adolescents using Violence in the Home and Young People with Disability

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


Adolescents using Violence in the Home (AVITH) is a form of family violence requiring distinct responses, given the age of the young person and their concurrent safety and developmental needs, as well as common co-occurrence of past or current experience of family violence by the adolescent from other family members.
Young people using violence in the home should not be referred to as perpetrators.

Australian studies have found that young people and their families experiencing adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) do not always receive adequate or appropriate service responses.

Responding to young people with disability using violence in the home needs to address risk and need (including disability support needs) across the family and include capacity for outreach, case management and restorative engagement inclusive of a trauma informed approach.

Included in this section are links to available resources, practice framework, Webinars and latest Research in relation to working with young people with disability who are using violence in the home.


Webinar: Adolescent violence in the home – Prevalence, service responses and the intersection with disability

About this resource: This webinar includes three evidence based presentations on the latest research on AVITH, followed by a panel discussion with youth advocates, policymakers, sector experts and practitioners across the youth and legal sectors. It focuses on the prevalence and nature of AVITH; the intersection of AVITH and young people with disability; how services could use a collaborative response to support young people and families experiencing AVITH; and, crucially, the support needs that young people themselves have identified.

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners supporting young people with disability and their families

AVITH Collaborative Practice Framework

About this resource: A framework designed by the PIPA Project to underpin collaborative practice, and outlines pillars, principles and enablers of effective practice in responding to AVITH. 

Applying this resource: A resource for practitioners and organisations working with young people using violence in the home. 

The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) - ANROWS

About this resource: The Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home project (the PIPA project) seeks to contribute to understanding and developing a considered systemic response to AVITH.  Chapter Five focuses on the intersection of young people with disability and AVITH.  

Applying this resource: A resource for organisations and practitioners supporting young people with disability and their families.  

Center for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare - AVITH Resource Hub

About this resource: A list of Paediatric Clinics for children requiring specialist support and/or assessments. 

Applying this resource: A resource for practitioners who may wish to assist children to access Paediatric services. 

Adolescent family violence in Australia: A national study of prevalence, history of childhood victimisation and impacts

About this resource: This project utilised an online survey of over 5,000 young people living in Australia aged 16 to 20 as the primary research method for examining AFV. The survey was designed to meet two principal objectives:

  • to facilitate better understandings of the use of DFV by adolescents alongside an understanding of DFV exposure during childhood
  • to generate new knowledge on current service options and support needs among this cohort

This study offers new insights into the intersection between the use of violence in the home by young people, and their own experiences of child abuse. Service system interventions must be tailored and trauma informed when responding to this young cohort.

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners working with young people who are using violence in the home and their families. 

Adolescent family violence in Australia: A national study of service and support needs for young people who use family violence

About this resource:

This project had four aims:

  • To create a database on the use of family violence by young people within the home, including among marginalised community groups.
  • To understand the nature of family violence used by young people within the home.
  • To examine the degree to which young people who use violence within the home have been exposed to different forms of family violence throughout childhood.
  • To generate new insights and recommendations into the support needs for young people using family violence.

The study offers significant insights into the ways in which young people understand and communicate their support needs, the service gaps identified from their own experiences, and their views on what constitutes helpful and unhelpful responses to disclosures. Importantly, the findings demonstrate the need to look beyond punitive response systems, such as police, criminal courts and child protection, when considering the response needs of young people who use violence in the home. These systems have minimal interaction with young people who use violence in the home.

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners working with young people who are using violence in the home and their families. 

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