Evaluation of Taskforce early intervention for family violence (U-Turn) program

Investigators: Associate Professor Silke Meyer, Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Dr Jasmine McGowan, Dr Nicola Helps and Dr Harley Williamson
Project contact: Associate Professor Silke Meyer

About the research

The MGFVPC team, led by Associate Professor Silke Meyer, conducted an evaluation of a Victorian early intervention for family violence program (the U-Turn program) run by TaskForce. The program, developed by Victorian service provider TaskForce is an innovative combined early intervention targeted at family violence perpetrators who also have identified alcohol and/or other drug (AOD) misuse. This MGFVPC research project aimed to produce a useful evaluation which provides insight as to whether this new program is effective in increasing victim-survivor safety and reducing repeat court contact for men subject to their first family violence intervention order and who present with problematic AOD use. This evaluation provides evidence for the benefits and challenges associated with integrating family violence and AOD treatment for perpetrators to generate future directions for perpetrator interventions addressing the needs of family violence perpetrators who also display AOD misuse.



There is currently a national focus on the impact of family violence for Australian communities. The evaluation of programs designed to change the behaviour of perpetrators of violence is key to improvement in family violence prevention. Taskforce has developed an innovative early intervention for family violence program targeted at family violence perpetrators who have alcohol or substance abuse issues. The Program aims to intervene after a perpetrator has been placed on a Family Violence Intervention Order to address the intersection of family violence and substance misuse in order to prevent reoffending.

Related Outputs

Meyer, S., Burley, J., & Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2020) ‘Combining Group-based Interventions for Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrators With Comorbid Substance Use: An Australian Study of Cross-sector Practitioner Views’ Journal of Interpersonal Violence [online]. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520969244