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Provide dedicated funding for future perpetrator programs

Recommendation:
088
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Family Safety Victoria

The Victorian Government provide dedicated funding for future perpetrator programs. These should include evaluation studies to establish longer term effectiveness and assist in improving program design in the long term.

  • Work is being done to develop a more coordinated and responsive approach to funding perpetrator interventions and keeping perpetrators in view in order to hold them accountable and to help change their behaviours. New models of interventions for perpetrators have and will continue to be trialled through the implementation of Recommendation 87 and underEnding Family Violence: Victoria’s 10 Plan for Change (10-Year Plan), incorporating lessons from the evaluation of the trials into future delivery.

    Workforce training, sector capacity building and practice resources will also be delivered to support the implementation of new service models and improve existing services.

  • We are building a system-wide approach to keeping perpetrators accountable, connected and responsible for their violence. Our ‘Web of Accountability’ includes reform activities under three themes:

    Enhanced service responses

    • Learning from responses to COVID-19.
    • Strengthening justice and legal responses.
    • Delivering effective and responsive interventions.

    Cultural Safety and Inclusion

    • Improving Aboriginal cultural safety.
    • Supporting inclusive and equitable practice.

    Enablers

    • Data and evidence.
    • Workforce capacity, capability and practice.
    • Information sharing and risk coordination.

    The 2019-20 State Budget provided ongoing funding to support the delivery of perpetrator programs and interventions. Programs that have been trialled include specialised programs for those in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD), Aboriginal, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer communities, for men with acquired brain injuries and for women who use violence.

    The trials have been evaluated in line with the Family Violence Outcomes Framework to build the evidence base for working with people who use violence from diverse cohorts. The evaluation found positive indicators of program effectiveness, including high rates of attendance and retention and engagement with the programs among people who use violence from diverse communities. The programs were also found to contribute to a greater level of risk management by engaging people who use violence who were previously not accessing services.

    In addition, the government has funded the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) over 2 years to continue its grants program and to evaluate perpetrator interventions in the justice system. This includes funding for a meta-evaluation that will aim to look at the key strengths of the different programs and the cohorts targeted, as well as themes around barriers to program success. The meta-evaluation will also aim look at program outcomes.

    Further to this, the government has funded the Department of Justice and Community Safety to deliver Men’s Behaviour Change Programs to perpetrators in Corrections Victoria over four years, until 30 June 2023. This funds up to 426 places per year, including places allocated to Dardi Munwurro for Aboriginal specific men’s healing and behaviour change work.

    The Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Department of Health and Human Services have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Department of Health and Human Services to administer the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s funding for MBCP placements through the engagement of service providers under existing Department of Health and Human Service agreements.

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 December 2021.

Reviewed 06 January 2021

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