Family violence and child abuse are often viewed as separate issues, but in many domestic violence situations there exists an overlap between the two. This unit synthesises research across multiple disciplines, with the aim of informing professional practice in the area.
This unit explores the complex overlap between family violence and child abuse, in particular the relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment. This includes topics such as the abuse of pregnant women, child trauma in domestic violence situations, and risks to children in homes where there is abuse of a parent.
Students will also investigate child protection law and policy, particularly criminal and family law as it relates to children and domestic violence, and the court process itself. Topics covered include: mandatory reporting requirements, child abduction and the Hague convention, failure to protect laws, with a focus on intersectional impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.