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Statewide perpetrator response framework

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 Statewide Perpetrator Response Framework will focus on organisational and perpetrator accountability, effective earlier intervention approaches and an integrated approach to service delivery. The Framework 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 Framework is currently being developed by the South Australian Office for Women.

The Framework will include a card for frontline workers, an information booklet and a wallet card (providing service information to the perpetrator). More targeted rehabilitation for domestic violence perpetrators will also be provided through the Department for Correctional Services.

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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