Intimate partner violence and children

Responding to the intersection of intimate partner violence and child and youth homelessness

Degree type


Closing date

6 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Currently in Australia there is a turn to recognising children and young people's unique experiences of family and domestic violence.  This includes more adequately exploring the significant engagement of children and young people in managing the direct and collateral impacts of intimate partner violence perpetrated between their caregivers.

One impact requiring further exploration is the role of caregiver intimate partner violence in children and young people's trajectories into homelessness.  In a context in which domestic violence narratives and services focus on women escaping violence with their children, unaccompanied child and youth homelessness as a potential outcome of caregiver intimate partner violence remains under-explored.

It is also the case that intimate partner violence as a characteristic of children and young people's subsequent experiences of homelessness remains under-researched.  Indeed, children and young people's own experiences as both victims and perpetrators of violence in their own intimate relationships are rarely visible.

Better understanding of the ongoing cumulative costs and risks of intimate partner violence in the lives of unaccompanied homeless children and young people is crucial to building the case for early intervention and also for understanding the kinds of support needs these cohorts may be likely to have.  In particular, there is scope to consider the role of domestic and family violence sector in strengthening responses to children and young people who at risk of experiencing unaccompanied homelessness or who are already homeless and alone.

This is a project for which innovative life story methods may be useful in eliciting deeper understanding of the intergenerational transmission of intimate partner violence.  The project presents opportunities for interdisciplinary research and conceptual and methodological work on the social value of children and young people's voices and experiences. Focused on the experiential, policy and service provision landscape in Tasmania, this project will involve the development of policy and practice models aimed at early intervention into cycles of homelessness and intimate partner violence. This is a project which will require astute attention to ethical, culturally safe, and trauma-informed research practice.

This project may have a part-time study option available. Some restrictions may apply. Please discuss your preference with the Supervisor and note your preferred study option when applying.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Catherine Robinson


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Applicants must provide evidence of current WWVP registration.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Applicants with an interest, skill and/or experience in trauma-informed professional or research practice are encouraged to apply.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Catherine Robinson to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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