Statewide perpetrator response
- 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 (the Response) is an early intervention initiative, focusing on enhancing the safety of women and their children by improving referral pathways for perpetrators of DFV, increasing perpetrator supports and interventions, and working towards a whole of system perpetrator focused response in South Australia. The Response provides a centralised referral point for perpetrators of DFV, friends, family and community members of people who may be using DFV and frontline workers identifying perpetrators of DFV throughout their work. The centralised referral point not only facilitates referrals and provides specialist support, but also assists in tracking and mapping perpetrator movement throughout our system, improving visibility and accountability of perpetrators of DFV.
What have we achieved so far?
The initiative commenced on 1 July 2021. No to Violence was announced as the successful provider of the Response, with the South Australian office to open in November 2021.
What is next?
The Response is part of the South Australian Government’s commitment to enhancing the safety of women and their children by providing early assistance to perpetrators and supporting frontline workers to identify and support perpetrators to get the help they need to change their behaviours.
What difference will we make?
The Response will focus on preventing DFV from escalating to a tertiary, or crisis response by strengthening, implementing, and promoting early intervention initiatives in South Australia. Early intervention in this space aims to enhance the safety of women and their children by disrupting the trajectory of a perpetrator’s use of violence, by providing a whole of system perpetrator response in South Australia.