'Point of Contact' Front-Line
Workers Responding to Children
Living with Domestic Violence
Jan Breckenridge and Claire Ralfs
The particular focus of this chapter will be on the development of a Response Framework for front-line workers and the presentation of its potential application in practice settings. In 1997, the Australian government funded and endorsed the programme, Partnerships Against Domestic Violence (PADV). This was an initiative between the Commonwealth states and territories of Australia, which had the aim of working collaboratively towards the common goal of preventing domestic violence across Australia. The research described in this chapter is one of a number of projects funded by the Partnerships Scheme in phase two (PADVII) of the programme which began in 2002. PADVII focused on the priority areas of community education and further interventions with children who live with violence. Specifically, this project concerned itself with the second of these priority areas: responding to children who live with family and domestic violence (FDV).
The project developed comprehensive training materials and resources and a Front-Line Response Framework was developed for front-line workers who have contact with children living with and/or experiencing family and domestic violence. The work described here therefore provides a useful model of comparison with the initiatives described by Marianne Hester in the previous chapter. The project was completed in early 2004 with the evaluation of an extensive trial of both the training and the framework in various agencies and across different pro-