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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 (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 will provide 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 will not only facilitate referrals and provide specialist support, but also assist in tracking and mapping perpetrator movement throughout our system, improving visibility and accountability of perpetrators of DFV.

What is next?

The initiative is currently being developed by the South Australian Government and will commence on 1 July 2021.

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?

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.

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