Electronic Monitoring of Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators

Following the Queensland Government’s response to Not Now, Not Ever, the report of the Queensland Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence (2015), the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) has commissioned ANROWS to carry out research on the effectiveness and best practice principles for electronic monitoring of domestic and family violence perpetrators. The purpose of the research is to inform the development of a trial program in Queensland. The project will include an assessment of the appropriateness of electronic monitoring in specific criminal law contexts (i.e. bail, probation and parole).

The objectives of the project are to identify:

  • Whether electronic monitoring of perpetrators of domestic and family violence in the criminal justice system (i.e. bail, probation and parole) is effective in increasing victim safety.
  • If so, what technology is likely to be most effective (including cost effectiveness) in undertaking such monitoring?
  • What context (bail, probation and parole) is most practical and effective for such monitoring?
  • What measures should be taken to mitigate risks that perpetrators may re-offend while being electronically monitored?
  • The best practice features of an electronic monitoring trial/program targeting domestic and family violence perpetrators, including examining models underpinning trials and programs targeting to these perpetrators in other jurisdictions?

The project will be conducted in two phases: 1) a review of the literature to provide an overview of the use and effectiveness of various technologies in Australia and internationally; and 2) empirical research across three jurisdictions (Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia) drawing on the experiences of victim/survivors and perpetrators of DFV, Specialist DFV Service Providers, and police and correctional officers involved in the implementation of GPS monitoring of perpetrators of DFV.   

Project Lead

Dr Heather Nancarrow, CEO, ANROWS

Research team

Ms Tanya Modini, Senior Research Officer, ANROWS

Dr Maria Koleth, Research Officer, ANROWS

Mr Grant Killen, Technical Consultant

Project Length

July-October 2018