In the past two decades, probably over 1,000 Australian children and young people have lost a parent due to domestic homicide. They often experience multiple losses: one parent is deceased, the other is detained, on the run or has died by suicide, and in many cases the home has become a crime scene.
In the aftermath of a domestic homicide, far-reaching decisions about the future of these children and young people are made by family, the police, child protection and other professionals. This project aims to contribute to improving support for children and young people who have lost a parent due to domestic homicide.
Our objective is to generate a better understanding of children and young people's living arrangement experiences, family and peer relationships, and identity development. An important focus of the project is on hearing the perspectives of young people and adults with lived experience. This knowledge is relevant to policy makers and other professionals working with families affected by domestic homicide, as well as to family members looking after children and young people who have been bereaved.
Would you like to participate in an interview?
We are currently interviewing young people and adults with lived experience, caregivers and professionals. Here is more information and how you can participate.
- The children left behind by domestic homicide.
- Children who have lost a parent to family violence need to be listened to.
- Children’s perspectives on life and well-being after parental intimate partner homicide.
- Children bereaved by fatal intimate partner violence: A population-based study into demographics, family characteristics and homicide exposure.
- Children's Mental Health and Well-Being After Parental Intimate Partner Homicide: A Systematic Review.
Our team, led by Associate Professor Eva Alisic, brings academic and clinical expertise from the University of Melbourne and the University of Edinburgh, lived experience, and artistic input. The core members of our team are (in alphabetical order): Lisa Albert, Anna Barrett, Rowena Conroy, John Devaney, Oliver Eastwood, John Frederick, Cathy Humphries, Kathryn Joy, Zain Kurdi, Katitza Marinkovic, Vincent Lamberti, Ashwini Sakthiakumaran and Mira Vasileva.
This project is funded by the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship scheme, a University of Melbourne Establishment Grant, and a one-year grant from the Myer Foundation.