Improved accountability – the role of perpetrator intervention systems

Project Summary - PI.17.01

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priorities:

  • 1.1 Meta-evaluation of where perpetrator interventions are, and should be, situated within the overall response to violence against women and their children; and
  • 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 responses incorporating interventions across the continuum of responses from primary prevention to tertiary interventions; and
  • Examine how the tracking, engagement and retention of perpetrators within Perpetrator Intervention (PI) Systems can be enhanced.

Using a mixed-methods approach, the research will involve ten empirical sub-studies. This project will examine various dimensions of PI Systems and the pathways that have evolved for working with perpetrators, including:

  1. an evidence review of accountability and responsibility in relation to perpetrators and responses to perpetrators;
  2. a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of civil law protection orders;
  3. a new conceptualisation to guide and inform the prevention of men’s violence against women;
  4. mapping exercise on how the tracking, engagement and retention of perpetrators within PI Systems can be enhanced across four jurisdictions;
  5. case studies of Victorian multi-agency integrated responses;
  6. case studies of West Australian regional area responses to DFV;
  7. case studies of Queensland journeys of participants and facilitators through a men’s behaviour change program;
  8. case study of New South Wales’ sibling sexual abuse program;
  9. the development and application of a social return on investment methodology to men’s behaviour change programs; and
  10. the development and trial of a national minimum data set for men’s behaviour change programs.


Project Lead

Professor 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. Dr 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