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Strengthened perpetrator interventions

Responsible government

  • Victoria

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?

Victoria is providing significant support for interventions that seek to change and challenge violent behaviour, keep perpetrators in view and hold them accountable for their behaviour, including through behavioural change programs and intensive engagement of perpetrators with complex needs.

  • The Victorian Government will provide $85 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 and $22.3 million ongoing for perpetrator accountability, which includes maintaining access to community-based interventions for people who use violence.

What have we achieved so far?

  • The Expert Advisory Committee on Perpetrator Interventions (EACPI) was established and has finalised its report on ensuring the diversity of programs, services and initiatives that respond to perpetrators of family violence in Victoria
  • Two initiatives that aim to broaden the range and reach of perpetrator interventions – case management trials and perpetrator program cohort trials – have been implemented
  • Case management trials provide a more tailored service response through the coordination of specialist services, including mental health, alcohol and other drug, and housing services, assist in engagement with programs that aim to stop family violence, including but not limited to Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCPs)
  • Perpetrator program cohort trials, are building the evidence for trauma-informed practice, include development and evaluation of new interventions for perpetrators from diverse backgrounds and with complex needs and have been funded until June 2020
  • All perpetrator interventions include a family safety contact function which provides support to current or previous victim survivors including children
  • Development and implementation of improved minimum standards for MBCPs and associated practice guidance
  • Establishment of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and Central Information Point (CIP).

What is next?

  • Family Safety Victoria (FSV) is coordinating a response to the EACPI final report that will outline progress to date against the EACPI recommendations and future steps to achieve the intent of the EACPI final report – keeping women and children safe by developing a mutually reinforcing system that holds perpetrators to account, encourages them to take accountability for their actions and change their behaviour.

What difference will we make?

This initiative will contribute to the National Outcomes that perpetrators stop their violence and are held to account.

The Victorian Family Violence Outcomes Framework was published in Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change, which outlined Victoria’s priorities in preventing and responding to family violence, why they matter, and what constitutes success. The Victorian Family Violence Outcomes Framework is a whole of Government framework and is intended to ensure Victorian family violence reform efforts are focused on the actions that make a difference. The Victorian Government is progressing development of the framework, including through indicators and measures. In time, measurement and monitoring of Victorian family violence outcomes may also support reporting for the National Plan.

Victoria will monitor this initiative by measuring the number of perpetrators who participated in perpetrator intervention trials and the number of case management responses provided to perpetrators of family violence including those that require individualised support.

It is anticipated that evaluation of perpetrator intervention trials will be completed by the end of 2019.

The EACPI recommended that an independent review of perpetrator reforms should be conducted in two years.

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