The Coordinated Enforcement and Support to Eliminate (CEASE) Domestic Violence Program
The CEASE Program will prioritise the speed and consistency of responses to domestic violence, and the direct communication of consequences and avenues of support to offenders. Importantly, the CEASE Program will also provide timely and targeted parallel support and protection for victims and survivors.
The CEASE program will involve two stages: implementation and evaluation. The evaluation component will comprise both process and outcome evaluations of the intervention at each site.
This project has two main aims:
To establish and deliver a pilot of focused deterrence-based interventions to domestic violence across three local sites in Australia; and to evaluate the interventions to build a national evidence base on focused deterrence approaches to domestic violence in an Australian context.
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) will work closely with local-level police and other partners to assist in establishing and implementing the focused deterrence-based intervention to domestic violence across three local sites in Australia.
The AIC will employ a mixed methods approach that draws on qualitative and quantitative data from victim-survivors, intervention stakeholders, intervention documentation and administrative databases.
The CEASE program provides an important opportunity to explore how police, in partnership with other agencies, can better reduce the short-term risk of repeat domestic violence, and protect victims and survivors from further harm. It will lay the foundation of an evidence base on focused deterrence approaches to domestic violence in an Australian context.
Dr Christopher Dowling, Australian Institute of Criminology