Improved accountability – the role of the perpetrator intervention systems

Project Summary - PI.17.01

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priorities:

  • 1.1 Metaevaluation of where perpetrator interventions are, and should be, situated within the overall response to violence against women and their children
  • 2.4 Effectively engaging and retaining perpetrators in interventions

The research will:

  • Provide a comprehensive analysis of research on integrated systems and interventions for perpetrators, and undertake service mapping of current domestic and family violence (DFV) and sexual violence (SV) responses incorporating interventions across the continuum of responses from primary prevention to tertiary interventions (Component One); and
  • Examine how the tracking, engagement and retention of perpetrators within Systems of Perpetrator Interventions (SIPs) can be enhanced (Component Two).

The research project includes:

  • A meta-evaluation for Component One, comprising a number of evidence reviews ranging from the policy and system design through to the individual interventions; and
  • A mixed method approach for Component Two, including – analysis of legislation and policy underpinning the SIPs;  a series of case studies examining current pathways, practices of specialist and mainstream agencies; and, the development and trial (30 sites) of a data collection and management framework.

The case studies for Component Two will include:

  • a NSW response to sexual violence and abuse by young offenders;
  • a pathways case study that will track perpetrators’ movement through the Southern Melbourne Integrated Family Violence Partnership;
  • a practice case study of four Men’s Behaviour Change Programs operating within the Bayside Peninsula Integrated Family Violence Partnership using an action research approach to explore strategies effective in engaging men; and
  • case studies in QLD, WA and Vic to compare different pathways to engagement and retention of perpetrators.


Project Lead

Prof Donna Chung, Curtin University

Research expertise

  1. Mr Damian Green, Curtin University
  2. A/Professor Reinie Cordier, Curtin University
  3. Ms Elena Campbell, RMIT
  4. A/Professor Jan Breckenridge, UNSW
  5. Michael Salter, University of Western Sydney
  6. A/Professor Therese Jefferson, Curtin University
  7. A/Professor Siobhan Austin, Curtin University
  8. Professor Patrick O’Leary, Griffith University

Practitioner expertise

  1. Mr Rodney Vlais

Research partners

Research partners from across a number of jurisdictions and including specialist FDV services for perpetrators and victims, courts, health and human service agencies from the government and not for profit sectors.

Project length

2 years