Juvenile domestic and family violence: Expert panel and Q&A session

Carolyn Newbigin1, Dr Tamara Blakemore2, Karen  Freeman3, Elena Campbell4, Aaron Tang5, Lydia Hamilton1

1Juvenile Justice NSW, Sydney, Australia, 2University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia, 3NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Sydney, Australia, 4RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 5Legal Aid NSW, Sydney, Australia

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the use of violence in the home by children and young people, and the way that this differs to domestic and family violence (DFV) perpetrated by adults. There is also an increasing acknowledgement of the importance of developing appropriate responses, ensuring that young people who are victims of DFV and/or use violence in the home receive the specialist support they need. As the focus of national and jurisdictional strategies to address DFV have largely focussed on adult intimate partner violence, there are significant gaps in policy and service provision for young people, however there have been a small number of research projects and pilot programs across Australian jurisdictions.

This panel is comprised of experts who work on these research projects, programs and in policy development across NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. The panel will discuss their key findings and insights, the approaches currently in place across these jurisdictions, and will conclude with a Q&A session with conference attendees.

(Note: Further panel members to be confirmed prior to the conference)

(Note: This panel is intended as the final part of the juvenile DFV concurrent session)


Carolyn is a Senior Projects and Policy Officer focussing on the development of a domestic violence strategy for Juvenile Justice NSW. Carolyn has been with JJ for three years, and previously worked for the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) on a research project looking at the prevalence and the experiences of violence for diverse groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. She has a background in psychology and social research and began her career at the Australian National University (ANU) where she worked as a researcher examining social identity theory, perception formation, prejudice and behaviour change. She has postgraduate qualifications in Psychology from the University of Canberra, in Social Research from the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from ANU.

Dr Tamara Blakemore is a social work practitioner, researcher and educator. Her framework for practice is focused contexts and connections and how experience of these prompt, facilitate and constrain wellbeing. Tamara is a conjoint researcher with the Australian Centre for Child Protection (UniSA) with whom she has worked to produce research for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. A senior Social Work lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UON, Tamara remains actively involved in clinical practice and is an advocate for holistic, connection based responses to social issues experienced by children, young people, their families and communities.

Karen’s has worked extensively in social policy and justice research in a range of areas including program evaluation, illicit drug use and crime, young people in the criminal justice system, and the effects of victimisation on mental health. She is currently the Principal Program Evaluator, Domestic Violence, with NSW Bureau of Crime Statistic and Research.

Former lawyer, political staffer, speechwriter and consultant speechwriter, Elena Campbell has worked in legal and social policy for nearly twenty years. In that time she has developed considerable expertise in equal opportunity, human rights and responses to gendered violence, particularly within the legal system. Now Associate Director at the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University, Elena is leading a program of research focussing on perpetration of family violence, as well as on improving legal responses to family violence which move away from system activity as their primary objective. Elena’s research program also focusses on the pathways from family violence victimisation which lead to women and children’s criminalisation.