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Room4Change program

Responsible government

  • Australian Capital Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.
    • 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 ACT Government will provide $4.243 million from 2019-20 to 2022-23 to fund the continuation of Room4Change, an early intervention response to domestic and family violence and men’s behaviour change program. The program supports men through a 9-12 month therapeutic residential men’s behaviour change program, consisting of one-on-one case management, group work and residential accommodation, to stop their use of violence and controlling behaviours and build healthy, respectful relationships. Room4Change is delivered in partnership with Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS), ACT’s specialist domestic and family violence organisation.

What have we achieved so far?

Room4Change commenced service delivery on 1 April 2017 and has been fully operational since July 2018.

What is next?

The funding commitment announced in the ACT 2019-20 Budget will allow a full independent evaluation by Australian National University to be delivered in 2021 to determine program effectiveness and will inform further work on men’s behaviour change programs for the ACT. This funding commitment also allows DVCS to continue to evolve the program and invest in the specialist workforce required.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcomes of Room4Change is to bring safety and stability for those impacted by violence and to help men stop their use of violence and controlling behaviours and to build healthy, respectful relationships. The medium-term impact is to provide space and supports for men to change their behaviour and prevent them from entering the corrective services system.

In 2019-20, 51 men participated in the Room4Change program and 43 partners and ex-partners have received support. During this time, 9 men were accommodated in the Room4Change properties.

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