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This webinar explored the implications of recent research on women’s and children’s experiences of family violence and inter-parental conflict.

Parenting in contexts of family violence and inter-parental conflict

This webinar was recorded on 14 March 2018 and broadcast on 22 March 2018.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel (link is external).

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

A list of resources related to this topic is available on our post-webinar forum.

Recent research1 led by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) found that both domestic and family violence (DFV) and inter-parental conflict (IPC) have a range of negative consequences for families and children, including increased parenting difficulties. It revealed that DFV and IPC are relatively common in Australian families, including separating families:

  • One in 4 mothers reported past or emerging IPC, with 8–9% reporting persistent IPC; and
  • One in 4 mothers in separated families reported physical harm before separation (compared to 1 in 6 fathers).

In families where mothers experienced IPC, children were more likely to have poorer physical health, poorer socio-emotional adjustment and lower academic achievement. Similarly, DFV was closely associated with poorer parent–child relationships.

This webinar explored the impacts of DFV and IPC on parenting capacity and children’s social and emotional wellbeing. It discussed implications for practice, including the need to develop responses that restore parenting capacity and repair parent–child relationships.

This webinar was presented in collaboration with ANROWS and the Family Law Pathways Network of Greater Melbourne.

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