Risks around Isolation and Violence
Written by YSAS worker Bianca Johnston
For young people or family members who are impacted by family violence, social isolation can increase risk. Family Violence risk may be increased due to:
- Limited capacity to leave situations and seek support due to illness, public transport or service availability
- Limited contact with social networks, community members or other networks that can provide care, support and monitoring
- Remaining in isolation at home with adult perpetrators of violence
- This may also include family members such as siblings or parents who live with young people who use violence
- Increased social anxiety, financial pressures, unemployment and issues such as food insecurity can also contribute to these risks.
Family violence is illegal and never acceptable. The person using violence is always responsible for the choice to use violence as a way of obtaining and maintaining power and control.
The MARAM (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment) tool has been released by Family Safety Victoria as a guide for practitioners in undertaking family violence risk assessments. Work is currently underway to embed the MARAM into YSAS’s organizational practices. Although the MARAM is not youth specific, it is an evidence-based guide to undertaking Family Violence Risk Assessments.
The Family Violence Modules available on the Knowledge and Learning Centre expand on the MARAM from an adolescent perspective. Module 2 specifically covers Risk Assessments from a youth lens.
Further resources for support include 1800 RESPECT, No to Violence Men’s Referral Service (Phone 1300 766 491) and Safe Steps (Phone: 1800 015 188) and local Orange Door and Women’s Health services. Respect Victoria has further information.