Fired Up: Responding to conflict and violence in teen partner relationships in Tasmania

Children and young people in Tasmania need to be kept safe from all types of abuse.  Respectful relationships are at the heart of this.

This research project is investigating the experiences of children and young people who have been abused by a partner (i.e. boyfriend/girlfriend) when under the age of 18.

The project hopes to contribute to policies, legislation and services to prevent abuse and better support children and young people who have experienced intimate partner abuse (IPA).

The project

  • Project aims

    Fired Up’ seeks to answer the question: ‘How do children in Tasmania recognise and respond to abuse in their relationships?

    The aim of the project is to:

    • understand the prevalence and nature of child IPA in Tasmania
    • understand the support and service needs of child victims of IPA in Tasmania
    • describe current responses to child victims of IPA in Tasmania.
  • Ethics

    The project has been approved by the University of Tasmania’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Project ID 24940.

    If you have a complaint about how this research is being conducted contact the Research Integrity and Ethics Unit by email: or phone: (03) 6226 6254.

    If you have a complaint to make about any other matter relating to the project, please contact: Bronwen Hayes, on email

  • Want to participate?

    We would like to talk to:

    • young people aged 18-25 who experienced abuse from a partner when under 18, and are no longer in an abusive relationship
    • frontline workers who provide support to children aged 10-17 in Tasmania.

    To discuss participating in the project in more detail please contact Dr Carmel Hobbs by email: or phone: 0477 261 615

  • Resources to download

    Research brief - word document