Integrated Responses to Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Ensuring Perpetrator Accountability Seminar – Case Study experiences from Australia
Professor Patrick O’Leary
This seminar will examine recent Australian research funded through Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) to examine the pathways and levels of integration between child protection and domestic violence services in five states in Australia. Key issues that assist and hamper integration will be examined including maintaining accountability of perpetrators where the main issues of protection are domestic violence and how services work collaboratively with a core set of values and purpose. The presentation will focus on a case study of an established integrated response in Australia. Experiences from workers from domestic violence and child protection services along with staff in justice services and related social services show both the opportunities and challenges when building an integrated response. Key findings show that integrated responses require a dynamic response that extends beyond system integration and multi-sectorial responses towards trust and shared understandings of competing purposes and mandates. This requires a core group of services within a model of integration as well as a wider conceptualisation of partnerships and collaboration.
Professor Patrick O’Leary is an internationally recognised researcher with significant expertise in child protection, gender-based violence, long-term impact of child sexual abuse (especially in men) and socially excluded young people. Over the last ten years he has conducted a number of complex research projects in a wide range of countries for international organisations. His work has influenced international domestic violence and child protection policy and practice. Currently Professor O’Leary is an Expert Academic Advisor to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse with a particular focus on male victims and the long-term effects. He also is an Innocenti Senior Fellow at UNICEF.
Seminar is free. All welcome. Refreshments provided