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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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Improving family violence legal and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who are perpetrators of family violence

Estimated End Date | Project Length
15 February 2020 | 1 year and 1 month

This project aims to identify the practical and legal supports available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who are perpetrators of family violence.


These supports are a key part of evolving policy and legislative landscapes that aim to address the high levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family violence in Australia.

The study will use a range of mixed methods and strengths-based approaches to collect multi-jurisdictional qualitative and quantitative data at two case study sites: Mildura (VIC) and Albury/Wodonga (VIC, NSW).


The project will be guided by the following research questions:

  1. What are the current barriers faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male perpetrators of family violence that increase their likelihood of recidivism in relation to family violence? What are the key impediments to their effective engagement with police and the criminal justice system?
  2. How do policy and legal frameworks support or impede the capacity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male perpetrators of family violence to engage with available support services (such as men’s group interventions)?

By working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Mildura and Albury/Wodonga, the study will contribute to the evidence base on best quality practices to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and services. This will not only hold Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male perpetrators accountable for family violence, but significantly improve their capacity to navigate through the criminal justice system – from the police, to the courts, to violence prevention programming.

This research complements current ANROWS research on Improving family violence legal and support services for Indigenous women with the same research team.


Researchers

Principal Chief Investigators

Professor Marcia Langton, University of Melbourne

Chief Investigators

Professor Megan Davis, University of New South Wales

Dr Kristen Smith, University of Melbourne

Budget

$199,819

Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

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