Perpetrator interventions in Australia: A national study of judicial views and sentencing practice for domestic violence offenders
Research Phase 1: Case analysis
An analysis of five years of sentencing judgments from two offence groups will be undertaken. The research will undertake a national and state based study of:
- Remarks made about perpetrator interventions during the sentencing of domestic homicide offenders across Australia for a five-year period.
- Remarks made during the sentencing of offenders convicted of breach of an intervention order in Victoria.
Data from a range of sources will be used.
Research Phase 2: In-depth interviews
These will be completed to examine judicial views on the use, management and extent of perpetrator interventions for domestic violence offenders. Interviews will be conducted in each state and territory with two levels of the judiciary – specialist family/domestic violence magistrates and criminal court judges. In each of the larger states (Victoria, NSW, Western Australia, Queensland) 10-12 interviews will be conducted. In each of the smaller jurisdictions (Tasmania, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory) five interviews will be conducted.
Research Phase 3: Documentary and policy analysis
Findings from the case analyses and in-depth interviews will be combined with a documentary analysis of current national and international best practice.
Additional information about this project can be found on the Monash Gender and Family Violence website.
Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University
A/Prof Jane Maree Maher, Monash University
Prof Jude McCulloch, Monash University
Prof Gregory Reinhardt, The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration
Ms Cynthia Marwood, The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council
A national expert advisory group will be established.
Keeping Perpetrators in View: How do we see the ‘Web of Accountability’? from Monash Arts
Funded by Commonwealth Department of Social Services.