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Statewide perpetrator response

Responsible government

  • South Australia

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 South Australian Government’s statewide perpetrator response will focus on organisational and perpetrator accountability, effective earlier intervention approaches and an integrated approach to service delivery. The response aims to provide organisations with ‘user-friendly’ mechanisms to identify and then provide appropriate responses to perpetrators, regardless of where the perpetrator enters the service system, which is consistent, unified and mutually reinforcing.

What is next?

The initiative is currently being developed by the South Australian Government.

As part of the South Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with Commonwealth funding, the Men’s Referral Service (MRS) has been introduced to South Australia to provide a service for men at risk of using domestic and family violence or concerned about their use of abusive behaviours. Local services Kornar Winmil Yunti and Community Transitions (Don’t Become That Man) have also been funded to provide direct local support to perpetrators of domestic and family violence to change their behaviours before coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Nine crisis accommodation beds are now available for perpetrators to be removed from their homes when safe to do so and receive the support needed to end their abusive behaviours.

What difference will we make?

Intervening early with a perpetrator when possible domestic and family violence behaviour patterns are suspected by a service provider can assist perpetrators in accessing help with their behaviour before coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Identifying domestic and family violence earlier in the cycle of violence may also help to keep women and their children safe through self-identification and help seeking by the perpetrator.

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