Introduction

In the past two decades, approximately 1,000 Australian children and young people have lost a parent due to domestic homicide.

In the aftermath, police, family courts, child protection, family members and others make far-reaching decisions about children and young people’s futures.

In this context, practitioners face critical questions like:

  • How can we ensure that children and young people’s perspectives and experiences are considered in these decisions?
  • What are the best options for children based on current evidence and best-practice?

These are difficult questions for any practitioner or policy maker. Instead of providing straightforward answers, our resource is an invitation to reflect and provide a starting point for conversations.

‘Listen’ focuses primarily on Kathryn’s story of being a person with lived experience of being bereaved by domestic homicide. However, we acknowledge that this is one story from one person. Every child or young person affected by domestic homicide has a unique experience, which in turn is shaped by their social, economic and cultural contexts and their intersections.

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