Opportunities for early intervention: bringing perpetrators of family violence back into view

On Thursday 19 March Australian of the Year, Ms Rosie Batty, launched the RMIT University report Opportunities for early intervention: bringing perpetrators of family violence back into view.

The report, produced by the RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice with funding from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, recognises that family violence is a national epidemic in need of a systemic response. It highlights the potential of the justice system to step in early and be proactive in interventions with perpetrators of family and domestic violence.

The recommendations of the report explore opportunities for improving interventions with perpetrators of family and domestic violence; including perpetrators’ contact with police agencies, justice, courts and corrections systems and programme interventions. The report also calls for responses to dealing with the intergenerational cycle of family violence through interventions which respond effectively to adolescents who use violence, or children at risk of using violence.