Improving family violence legal and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who are perpetrators of family violence
The project will be guided by the following research questions:
- 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?
- 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.
Principal Chief Investigators
Professor Marcia Langton, University of Melbourne
Professor Megan Davis, University of New South Wales
Dr Kristen Smith, University of Melbourne
Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.