File(s) not publicly available

Communities keeping kids safe : integrated responses to children and young people living with domestic violence

conference contribution
posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Michelle BradfordMichelle Bradford, D Dow, K Faux, M Mcnamara, N Sneyd
Children living with domestic violence are at high risk of abuse and death. Research reveals a 45-70% correlation for domestic violence and abuse of children. Over a 13 year period in Australia, on average 25 children per annum are killed by their parents. Sixty three percent of these killings are perpetrated by the father, with 21% of these known to be motivated by ‘domestic altercation’ and a further 9% motivated by ‘family separation’. Despite the evidence, state child protection responses to children living with domestic violence have remained largely uncoordinated. This paper provides an overview of a collaborative process between non-government organisations and the statutory child protection authorities in the Mackay and Whitsunday Region of Queensland, which resulted in a formalised and integrated response to children living with domestic violence. This response is in the form of a protocol document that has been formally adopted by key response agencies for child protection and domestic violence and integrated into policy and practice guidelines. Reflections on the challenges, key learnings and evaluation outcomes for the first and second stage will also be presented.


Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)


Parent Title

Building stronger families : 2nd International Conference, Contemporary Research Perspectives of Child and Family Welfare Practice, Mackay Centre for Research on Community & Children's SErvices, August 2004.

Start Page


End Page


Number of Pages


Start Date



Mackay, Qld.


Mackay Centre for Research On Community and Children's Services

Place of Publication

Mackay, Qld.

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Department of Communities; George Street Neighbourhood Centre (Mackay); Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Name of Conference

International Conference Contemporary Research Perspectives of Child and Family Welfare Practice