Domestic and Family violence and parenting

This project examines the impact of domestic and family violence (DFV) on parenting. It addresses three key questions:

  1. How does a reported history of DFV affect mother-child and father-child relationships?
  2. How do mothers who have experienced DFV perceive it has affected their relationship with their children?
  3. To what extent have these mothers had contact with relevant services and was this contact helpful or unhelpful?

The project will apply a mixed method approach incorporating:

  • a literature review
  • a quantitative element using three existing
  • large-scale databases
  • a qualitative element providing insight into the experiences of mothers who have used services across a range of areas in the context of a history of DFV.

Advisory organisations include: DV Victoria. National Network of Women's Legal Centres. Women's Legal Service Victoria. No To Violence. SA Uniting Communities and Anglicare WA.

Research Team

Australian Institute of Family Studies

  • Dr Rae Kaspiew
  • Dr Lixia Qu
  • Ms Ruth Weston

La Trobe University (Judith Lumley Centre)

  • Professor Angela Taft
  • Ms Leesa Hooker
  • Professor Jan Nicholson

University of Melbourne

  • Professor Cathy Humphreys

University of South Australia

  • Dr Fiona Buchanan


  • Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS)


  • Ongoing: 2015 - 2016.