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Improved accountability – the role of perpetrator intervention systems

This multi-jurisdictional research project is looking at the existence or otherwise of perpetrator intervention systems across Australia.

In partnership with local family violence networks in the Southern Melbourne and Bayside regions, the CIJ is developing case studies of perpetrator interventions and Men’s Behaviour Change Programs in the respective regions. These case studies are elements of a national study led by Curtain University and funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and designed to highlight promising practices and current gaps in systems designed to engage and retain perpetrators of family violence in different Australian jurisdictions.

This work builds on existing research conducted by the CIJ that has highlighted the paucity of current knowledge and investment in perpetrator engagement and the potential contribution of effective perpetrator interventions in protecting victims of family violence. Conducted at a time of rapid expansion and development driven largely the Royal Commission into Family Violence, this research offers a snapshot of a system in development and opportunities for ongoing improvement.

The national study is being led by Curtin University in WA in collaboration with RMIT University, the University of Western Sydney, University of NSW and Griffith University. A research report combining multiple case studies, high level system mapping and research with men’s behaviour change programs will be submitted to ANROWS for publication during 2019.

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Key People

Elena Campbell

Elena Campbell

Associate Director of Research, Advocacy & Policy

Elena is a lawyer, speechwriter and former political staffer who has worked in legal and social policy for nearly 20 years. Elena’s expertise includes therapeutic justice, equal opportunity and human rights, as well as the prevention and elimination of violence against women.

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Tallace Bissett

Tallace Bissett

Senior Advisor, Research and Advocacy

Tallace is primarily involved with the CIJ’s stream of work concerned with family violence and perpetrator interventions.

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