Forum examines engaging with the perpetrators of violence

Victims of Crime Commissioner, Heidi Yates (right), with other forum participants including the ACT Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Yvette Berry (third from right).

Contemporary research shows that effective engagement with perpetrators leads to increased safety for women, children and men who are harmed by domestic and family violence. At a recent forum in Canberra, attendees had the chance to consider this evidence and discuss effective perpetrator interventions.

The Victims of Crime Commissioner (VOCC), Heidi Yates said the forum looked at the evidence to understand what kinds of services and interventions could work in the ACT.

“We know that improving the safety of Canberrans harmed by family violence means finding more effective ways to engage with perpetrators. Many victims of family violence don’t want to lose their partners, they want the violence to stop,” she said.