Major Cash Injection to Support DFV Perpetrator Intervention Programs
Published Tuesday, 02 May, 2023 at 01:56 PM
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman
- The Palaszczuk Government has committed almost $3 million per annum in additional funding to existing men’s behaviour change programs.
- There are almost two dozen organisations across Queensland that are sanctioned to deliver the programs.
- A number of new approaches will be trialled this year, ahead of a state-wide perpetrator intervention network.
- The announcement was made at the launch of the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council’s Love ≠ Control Project, which aims to raise awareness about coercive control.
The Palaszczuk Government is continuing to address the causes of domestic and family violence (DFV) with a 30 per cent increase in annual funding for perpetrator intervention services.
Additional funding of almost $3 million per year will help mainstream perpetrator intervention services meet increased demand and better support victim-survivors.
This brings total financial support for men’s behavioural change programs to more than $12 million per year.
The government will also trial a range of specialist programs, including a second youth perpetrator intervention program.
Other trials will include online delivery of intervention programs, programs designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, and other programs suitable for culturally and linguistically diverse people, LGBTQI+ people, and people with a disability.
The trials will be rolled out in a staged approach from 1 July 2023, and will inform the implementation of a state-wide network of perpetrator interventions.
The Attorney-General made the announcement at the launch of the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council’s Love ≠ Control project.
The project features the stories of Queenslanders with lived experience of domestic and family violence and calls on the community to be more aware of the warning signs of coercive control.
Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General and Minister for Women and Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman:
“May is Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month, and this funding uplift is another demonstration of the Palaszczuk Government’s unyielding commitment to tackling domestic violence.”
“This new funding of almost $3 million per year will support enhanced service delivery and boost the victim advocate role, so that victim-survivors are supported.”
“The roll-out of new, innovative approaches to behavioural change programs will mean more opportunities to meaningfully engage with people who use violence, helping them to acknowledge and change their behaviour.”
“Existing programs like the Brisbane Youth Service have demonstrated great results working with young people so far, and I’m excited that we will be trialing a second additional youth perpetrator intervention program in Queensland.”
“The Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce recognised the importance of interventions to change perpetrators’ behaviour as part of an integrated response to help keep victims of domestic and family violence safe.”
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