Cathy Humphreys is Professor of Social Work at the University of Melbourne, and co-chair of the Melbourne research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and Their Children (MAEVe). Her research in the domestic violence area includes projects on substance use; mental health; child abuse; strengthening the mother-child relationship; multiagency working and reform. She is currently working on the Fathering Challenges project, which examines the issues of responsible, reparative, and responsive fathering in the context of domestic violence.
Our service system has been configured on the basis that separation is the most effective safety strategy, and that gender specific services for men or women and their children are the interventions of choice. However, many women and children may not be in a position to separate from their abusive and violent partners, and some women and children’s wellbeing and safety may not be enhanced by separation.
The webinar will explore evidence from five different areas of the service system that have substantial contact with families where fathers who use violence remain living in the home:
- nurse home visitation;
- restorative justice and family group conferencing;
- couple counselling;
- family services; and
- child protection.
The webinar will outline emerging practices, with a focus on the developing area of "whole of family" approaches. A range of strategies to address the needs and safety of women and children who continue to have contact with fathers who use violence will also be explored.
You may also be interested in our accompanying paper - Fathers who use violence: Options for safe practice where there is ongoing contact with children.