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Dedicated men’s support workers in all Family Advocacy and Support Services

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 18 Improve access to and embed trauma-informed support for perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence to prevent reoffending and promote rehabilitation and treatment.

What are we doing?

This initiative employs dedicated men’s support workers in all Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) registry and circuit locations. The support workers assist both male victims and alleged perpetrators to access appropriate support services, such as parenting programs and men’s behavioural change programs.

  • The Commonwealth Government has provided $7.844 million from 2019-20 to 2021 22 to fund this initiative.

More information on this initiative can be found at https://familyviolencelaw.gov.au/fass/

What have we achieved so far?

An independent evaluation of the FASS was completed in October 2018. While positive of the effectiveness of the FASS, the evaluation report found that a key service enhancement would be to include dedicated men’s support workers in FASS locations.

Funding for the dedicated men’s support workers commenced in the 2019-20 financial year. Since commencing, the dedicated men’s support workers have provided referral and support services for over 2,707 men across the FASS locations.

What is next?

  • Funding for 2020-21 and 2021-22 will be distributed under the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP).
  • We will continue to monitor the progress of this program.

What difference will we make?

Greater engagement by men with the court system, enabled by increased social support, will contribute to a significant reduction of court time spent on self-represented matters as well as further supporting victim safety.

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