ANROWS is delighted to announce the addition of two practitioner focused projects funded under our Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream. Both projects will contribute to the growing evidence base about the effectiveness of specific interventions for perpetrators of violence against women and their children, including ways to engage and retain perpetrators in intervention programs.
Professor Sarah Wendt, of Flinders University, is leading the project "Engaging men: Invitational-narrative approaches". This research will undertake a developmental evaluation of narrative therapy approaches practised by Uniting Communities Adelaides and Relationships Australia NSW and document the processes of engagement when domestic violence is identified in individual, couple and family counselling.
Dr Elizabeth Reimer, from Southern Cross University, is leading the project "Exploring the client-worker relationship in men's behaviour change programs". This research will explore how the client/worker relationship influences men’s changes in attitude, behaviour, and their overall retention in programs. The study will utilise case study research techniques through in-depth interviews with Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP) participants, their workers, the workers’ supervisor and partners/ex partners in three sites in Northern NSW and southern Queensland.
These projects are part of a comprehensive program of research funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to support the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, and in particular to support the implementation of the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions.
See our Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream page for further details about these and other funded projects in this research stream.