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Deliver perpetrator programs for low, medium and high-risk perpetrators

Responsible government

  • Tasmania

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?

The Tasmanian Government continues to deliver programs to reduce offending by family violence perpetrators. Access to rehabilitative services and programs for family violence perpetrators is essential if we are to achieve long-term change in offending rates.

Under this action, Relationships Australia Tasmania will continue to deliver the Men Employing New Strategies behaviour change program for low to medium risk perpetrators. The action will also support Community Corrections (Tasmanian Department of Justice) to deliver the EQUIPS programs for men and women who perpetrate family violence; and the Family Violence Offender Intervention Program (FVOIP) for high-risk perpetrators.

What is next?

Safe Homes, Families, Communities actions commenced implementation on 1 July 2019.

Key milestones for 2019–20 include:

  • Ongoing delivery of Men Employing New Strategies behaviour change program
  • Ongoing delivery of EQUIPS programs
  • Ongoing deliver of the Family Violence Offender Intervention Program.

What difference will we make?

The Tasmanian Government is committed to holding perpetrators to account and help them change their violent behaviours. The intended outcome of this action is for perpetrators to have access to a range of interventions to assist them to stop their violent behaviour and offending.

Timely and appropriate responses to men who use violent and controlling behaviour are a key component of an integrated family violence system. Comprehensive assessment of men in the context of family violence provides an opportunity for contact with the women and children affected by that violence.

A study by Monash University into the outcomes of men’s behaviour change programs showed that the programs work, they work well and they continue to work in the long term. FVOIP was independently reviewed in 2017–18 by the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies. It found that offenders who complete this program demonstrate significantly lower levels of family violence reoffending, and offences across fewer family violence categories compared to pre-FVOIP behaviours.

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