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

  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $7.844 million between 2019–20 to 2021–22 to fund dedicated men’s support workers in all Family Advocacy and Support Services to facilitate access to appropriate support services, including men’s behavioural change programs.

What have we achieved so far?

An independent evaluation of the FASS was completed in October 2018. The evaluation report found the FASS to be an effective program which fills a gap in both legal and social service provision to family law clients with family violence matters, and highlighted the importance of the FASS in providing social support services to both victims and alleged perpetrators at an early stage of a family law matter. The evaluation report found that a key service enhancement would be to include dedicated men’s support workers in FASS locations.

What is next?

  • Dedicated men’s support workers commence in 2019–20.
  • Funding is delivered through a Project Agreement with the states and territories, which expires on 30 June 2020.
  • Funding for 2020–21 and 2021–22 will be distributed under the proposed National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP).

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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