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Men’s behaviour change programs

Responsible government

  • Northern Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
    • 8 Develop innovative and alternative models for victim and perpetrator support that contribute to safe healing and sustainable behaviour change.
  • 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 Northern Territory Government has committed $22 million from 2018–19 to 2020–21 for initiatives under Action Plan 1: Changing Attitudes, Intervening Earlier and Responding Better 2018–2021 of the Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018–2028. This investment includes the implementation of evidence-based and culturally appropriate men’s behaviour change programs and interventions for perpetrators, in Central Australia and the Top End of the Territory.

What have we achieved so far?

The Northern Territory Government has been funding the Tangentyere Aboriginal Council in Alice Springs to run the men’s behaviour change program since 2015. In 2018, the program expanded to Darwin as a perpetrator intervention service run by CatholicCare NT.

What is next?

  • The men’s behaviour change programs is an ongoing initiative.
  • An independent evaluation of the programs is expected to be conducted from 2019–20.

What difference will we make?

  • Perpetrators are held accountable and connected early to responses that change their behaviours and reduce violence.
  • Legislation, policy and funding models enable a responsive, high quality and accountable domestic, family and sexual violence service system.

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