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Type: Report
Title: Family violence perpetrator screening and risk assessment: Research brief
Authors: Fitz-Gibbon, Kate
Bartlett, Tess
Meyer, Silke
ANRA Topic: Data development
Perpetrator interventions
Primary prevention
Health, primary care and specialist service responses
ANRA Population: General population
Rural and remote communities
Categories: People with mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues
ANROWS Completed Register of Active Research projects
Year: 2020
Publisher: Monash University
Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre

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Findings from recent reviews, including the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Queensland Special Taskforce "Not Now Not Ever" report and the work of the Council of Australian Governments, have revealed the need to develop new policies and practices to better respond to perpetrators of domestic and family violence (DFV). This project will conduct the first national examination of current practices and future directions for screening, identifying, assessing and managing men’s risk of DFV perpetration across specialist men’s and mainstream services in Australia.


This project aims to:

- address the current knowledge gap surrounding DFV screening and risk assessment practices among services responding to identified DFV perpetrators

- identify current screening, risk identification and referral practices for DFV in men accessing non-DFV specific services

- examine current risk assessment practices for men identified as DFV perpetrators and critically examine how these translate into information sharing and coordinated risk monitoring and management.


To achieve its aims, the project adopts a multi-methods research design that combines qualitative and quantitative data collection, including a scoping review, a national survey and practitioner focus groups. This will allow the research to capture current practice, to identify better practice and future challenges, and to develop new knowledge and practice recommendations.


The project findings will be relevant to all Australian states and territories and will be disseminated using a range of strategies, with a particular focus on knowledge translation to practitioners and policymakers. It will assist in developing policy and practice guidelines and recommendations to inform better perpetrator screening, risk assessment and management practice across Australian state and territory jurisdictions.


Australian Institute of Criminology: Criminology Research Grant


August 2020


November 2021

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