Family violence, separated parents and fathering: Empirical insights and intervention challenges

Family violence, separated parents and fathering: Empirical insights and intervention challenges

Rae Kaspiew and Cathy Humphreys

This webinar highlighted findings and discussed the implications of recent research projects into family violence and fathering.

This webinar was held on 24 July 2014.

Dr Rae Kaspiew discussed the Survey of Recently Separated Parents 2012, which aimed to identify opportunities for improving support for children and their families after separation. In particular, detailed insights into the extent, severity, impact and disclosure of family violence were explored.

Professor Cathy Humphreys described a recently funded ARC project into family violence and fathering programs. The state of knowledge around family violence and fathering programs was discussed, as was the challenges involved when the issue of men's relationships with children are raised in the context of family violence.

About the presenters

Rae Kaspiew

Dr Rae Kaspiew is a socio-legal researcher with particular expertise in family law and family violence. Rae manages the family law research program at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Cathy Humphreys

Cathy Humphreys is Professor of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. Cathy is also co-chair of the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against women and their children (MAEVe) and one of the lead investigators on the Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence led by Professor Kelsey Hegarty.

Her research in the domestic violence area includes projects on: substance use; mental health; child abuse; strengthening the mother–child relationship; and multiagency working and reform. She currently works on a range of projects including: Fathering Challenges, which examines responsible, reparative and responsive fathering in the context of domestic violence; the PATRICIA project, which explores the interface between child protection and domestic violence services; the Domestic and Family Violence and Parenting project led by Dr Rae Kaspiew, which explores the impact of DFV on mothering and fathering; the Caring Dads evaluation project; and Invisible Practices, which focuses on interventions with fathers who use violence.