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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Evaluation readiness, program quality and outcomes in men’s behaviour change programs

April 2019

Perpetrator interventions strategic research priorities:
2.1 Defining and measuring effectiveness 
2.2 Development of best practice in evaluating perpetrator interventions 

This research aimed to identify how to improve the quality of men’s behaviour change programs, how to measure outcomes, and how to develop standards and accreditation processes that will improve quality and consistency of practice.

The research involved three elements:

  1. A review of the published literature.
  2. A jurisdictional scan of the MBCP landscape, comprising a review of grey literature and contact with a representative from each jurisdiction (i.e. state/territory).
  3. Focus groups and in-depth interviews with –
    • correctional staff from South Australia and Victoria;
    • community providers from Western Australia and Victoria; and
    • female partners of program participants.

Overall, the research identified that:

  • Practice guidelines, accreditation standards, and compliance monitoring frameworks provide consistency and safety.
  • MBCPs should be supported to articulate their program logic models.
  • Program logic models can guide evaluation.
  • Program quality can be improved by strengthening safety and accountability planning.
  • Program quality can be improved by engaging with victims/survivors.

The report presents 17 recommendations across four main areas: translating the evidence to improve current MBCPs; overarching considerations for improving and enhancing MBCPs in Australia; future considerations for the development of standards and accreditation systems; and developing future evidence about Australian MBCP reach and effectiveness.


Project Lead

Prof Andrew Day, James Cook University

Research expertise

Prof Donna Chung, Curtin University of Technology

Practitioner expertise

Rodney Vlais

Policy expertise

Dr Henry Pharo, Department for Correctional Services, SA

Dr Shaymaa Elkadi, Corrections Victoria

Project partners

A project reference group will be convened, with members including South Australia Central Domestic Violence Service, the Office for Women, and the Australian Children's Safety Alliance


Research report

Evaluation readiness, program quality and outcomes in men’s behaviour change programs


Research summary

Men’s behaviour change programs: Measuring outcomes and improving program quality:
Key findings and future directions





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