Perpetrator interventions

Perpetrator Interventions in Australia: A national study of judicial views and sentencing practice for domestic violence offenders

Funded by: Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety as part of the Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream
Project contacts: Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Professor JaneMaree Maher

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 project examined the use, influence and management of perpetrator interventions in sentencing of recidivist and high risk family violence offenders. It documents the extent to which histories of perpetrator interventions are present, and the influence of these on sentencing and includes an exploration of the views of magistrates and judicial officers on their use. Visit ANROWS for the full project description.

We are very pleased to announce all the final reports have been released.

We are very thankful to the members of the Judiciary from across Australia who spoke with us.

Suggested citation:

Fitz-Gibbon, K., Maher, J., Thomas, K., McGowan, J., McCulloch, J., Burley, J., & Pfitzner, N. (2020). The views of Australian judicial officers on domestic and family violence perpetrator interventions (Research report, 13/2020). Sydney: ANROWS


Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor JaneMaree Maher and Dr Jasmine McGowan speak about the background and key findings of the Perpetrator Interventions project.