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The views of Australia judicial officers on domestic & family violence perpetrator interventions

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Despite increasing acknowledgement of the importance of perpetrator interventions in the delivery of integrated responses to family violence and promoting perpetrator accountability, there remains very little understanding of how magistrates and other judicial officers view, manage and use perpetrator interventions.

This presentation will present the findings for our ANROWS national project examining the use, influence and management of perpetrator interventions in sentencing of domestic and family violence offenders.

Our analysis of interviews conducted with 60 judicial officers from across all Australian state and territory jurisdictions reveals that the effective use of perpetrator interventions in decision making is constrained by:

– Limited judicial access to information about which (if any) perpetrator interventions have been previously used with a perpetrator,
– A lack of knowledge among judicial officers about perpetrator program referral options, in relation to both the availability and nature of programs available, and
– Uncertainty over the role of the judicial officers in holding
perpetrators to account.

Each of these barriers to effective practice will be discussed alongside recommendations to support judicial officers and judicial practice moving forward.

Tuesday 20th October 2020

1pm – 2.30pm AEDT

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