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ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women
ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence Against Women
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Does one size fit all? Interventions with young people who use violence

Discussion Description

For many years, child-to-parent violence or adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) was not seen to fall within the purview of broader family violence policy. More recently, however, gendered behaviour change programs are being directed at adolescents, and many justice systems are imposing a standard family violence response to adolescents using violence in their home. While the experience of adolescent perpetration – both by victims and survivors and by perpetrators – can be highly gendered, lessons from the PIPA project (Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home) suggest that this issue may be far more complex than it seems. This can mean that the blunt instrument of the justice system may cause more problems than it solves: turning victims and survivors away from help; criminalising children, including those with disability; and diverting attention from what, in many cases, is the real source of violence – adult perpetrators. Accordingly, this session takes up the conference theme of what has been effective, for whom, and in what circumstances, by challenging the value of imposing a “one size fits all” approach, critiquing the current justice response and proposing options which can more appropriately address the experience of adolescents who may perpetrate – but also experience – harm.

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