Investigating Adolescent Family Violence in Victoria

Adolescent family violence (AFV) describes violence perpetrated by young people against family members. This distinct form of family violence has a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of families.

AFV is under-researched in Australia and internationally. It is a complex form of family violence that is poorly understood in the community and is surrounded by stigma and shame. In 2016 the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence made recommendations for urgently improving understanding of and responses to AFV.

To date, there is limited research examining AFV, and few tailored responses and programs to address it.

Monash University researchers have joined together to conduct a project titled: Investigating adolescent family violence. It will explore attitudes towards, patterns of, and the impact of AFV. For more information please see:

We are currently seeking service providers’ views and would welcome your input through participation in a focus group.

We are running a primary health care focus group in Melbourne in May:

  • Thursday 11th May (5:30pm – 7:00pm) at the Monash University Department of General Practice (Building 1/270 Ferntree Gully Rd, Notting Hill)

The focus groups will provide the opportunity for you to discuss your professional views of AFV, including views on the adequacy of current responses and future needs for reform. The focus group will take 90 minutes and refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP directly to our program assistant Karla Elliot (email: if you are able to participate.

If you are unable to attend any of the focus group sessions but would like to be consulted please do not hesitate to RSVP and indicate that you would like to participate in an individual interview or consulted by phone or in writing via email. We will provide you with further information to facilitate this.
A Research Statement which provides more details about the research project is available by request.