Improved accountability – the role of perpetrator intervention systems
Key findings include:
- Accountability can take different forms, which may not align and may even conflict with each other.
- There is much opportunity for human services agencies to play a role in identifying and responding to perpetrators.
- Men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs) play a key role in supporting men to reduce their use of violence. High expectations are placed upon these programs, while their role in monitoring risk and providing partner support is often undervalued.
- There are limited and inconsistent consequences for men who disengage from programs or otherwise breach orders.
Key recommendations include:
- Broaden the conception of perpetrator intervention systems to include a wide range of human services agencies. This will increase capacity across systems to identify perpetrators and to manage risk earlier.
- Assess suitability for referral to MBCPs before mandating attendance.
- Trial a national minimum data set for MBCPs. This will allow the creation of a national database to support an evidence-informed approach to future program development.
- Consider other forms of perpetrator intervention beyond group-based MBCPs.
Professor Donna Chung, Curtin University
Mr Damian Green, Curtin University
A/Professor Reinie Cordier, Curtin University
Ms Elena Campbell, RMIT
A/Professor Jan Breckenridge, UNSW
Dr Michael Salter, University of Western Sydney
A/Professor Therese Jefferson, Curtin University
A/Professor Siobhan Austin, Curtin University
Professor Patrick O’Leary, Griffith University
Mr Rodney Vlais
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.
Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.