Children and Young People Bereaved by Domestic Homicide


In the past two decades, 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.

Specifically, 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.

Project team:

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 Anna Barrett, John Devaney, John Frederick, Kathryn Joy, Katitza Marinkovic, Lisa Albert, Mira Vasileva, Cathy Humphries, Rowena Conroy and Vincent Lamberti.


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.

Resources and publications:

Listen: A resource for practitioners supporting children and young people bereaved by domestic homicide


  • Roundtable on children who are victims of crime, 31 January 2020, co-hosted by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.
Contact Name
Associate Professor Eva Alisic
Contact Name
Katitza Marinkovic