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29 January 2019

Invisible practices: Intervention with fathers who use violence: Key findings and future directions

This paper presents the key findings from a research which reviewed published research and integrated information from practitioner experts from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia to strengthen the Australian evidence base, develop evidence-informed guidelines for frontline practitioners and increase the workforce capacity of practitioners to intervene with fathers who use domestic and family violence (DFV). The research review showed  there was “no single definitive approach to intervention” in working with fathers who remain in the home, or have significant contact with their children, but noted that where services have been developed, there are generally stringent conditions that support safety for all parties, including workers. The evidence does, however, suggest that workforce development is critical and that whole of family approaches which focus on parenting represent promising emerging practice.