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Violence against women and 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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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Evaluating behaviour change programs for men who use domestic and family violence: Key findings and future directions

This is an edited summary of key findings from the ANROWS research project Development of a best practice guide to perpetrator program evaluation.

This project developed a guide for evaluating behaviour change programs for men who use domestic and family violence.

  • Men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs) are increasingly included in policy as an essential component of any long-term strategy to reduce violence against women.
  • Determining the extent to which these programs are effective requires high-quality evaluations. However, these have generally been lacking due to limited capacity and evaluation expertise among men’s behaviour change program staff, and limited resourcing for the commissioning of independent evaluations.
  • This research project developed an evaluation guide to assist MBCP providers in planning high-quality evaluations.
Key findings
  • Standards for MBCPs across Australia emphasise the need to focus on women’s and children’s safety as the primary outcome of programs. However, measuring women’s and children’s safety has generally not been prioritised in program evaluation.
  • Measures commonly used to assess men’s change are problematic.
  • A number of validated tools exist that could be used to evaluate men’s change as well as women’s and children’s safety.
Key recommendations
  • Outcomes measured should include women’s and children’s safety and wellbeing, and men’s long-term behaviour change.
  • Evaluators should be aware of a range of practical and ethical considerations relating to domestic and family violence before undertaking evaluation activities.
  • Program providers should be supported to conduct periodic process evaluations; when programs are evaluation-ready, sufficient resourcing to conduct high-quality outcome evaluations is required.



Publication details

ANROWS Research to policy and practice papers are concise papers that summarise key findings of research on violence against women and their children, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and provide advice on the implications for policy and practice.

Suggested citation

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2020). Evaluating behaviour change programs for men who use domestic and family violence (Research to policy and practice, 17/2020). Sydney: ANROWS.

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