The Experiences of Collectivist-Oriented Perpetrators and Facilitators in an Australian Domestic Violence Intervention Programme

Register for the 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia, held at Rydges Melbourne from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December.

Mrs Madhuri Mathisen, PhD Student- Counselling at The University of Notre Dame will be at this year’s event, discussing “Exploring the storied experiences of collectivist-oriented perpetrators and facilitators in an Australian domestic violence intervention programme: a narrative inquiry”.

Madhuri Mathison

Domestic violence (DV) in intimate relationships is a worldwide problem. The causes of DV are multifaceted, and culture is an important contributing factor. Australia is a multicultural society with citizens of diverse cultural values, such as those from collectivist cultures.

This raises the question whether we really understand and account for the experienced cultural nuances of domestic violence and the intersectionality of culture, violence and gender. The lead author’s lived experience led to an interest in exploring the influence of culture on domestic violence perpetrating in Australia. A qualitative approach will be taken to study the lived experience of collectivist-orientated DV perpetrators and the facilitators of DV group intervention programmes in Australia.

The aim of this study is to gain an insight into how collectivist-orientated DV perpetrators and intervention programmes are socially constructed and storied in relation to each other. With an Australia-wide focus, the study is underpinned by a social constructionist paradigm with the narrative inquiry as for its methodology.

The participants of the study are the facilitators of DV group intervention programmes and collectivist-orientated DV perpetrators. A narrative interview method was chosen for the study to collect the participants’ stories.

The findings of this study will be discussed in reference to the strengths and weaknesses of the currently available interventions for collectivist-orientated DV perpetrators. Subsequently, the findings will inform policy makers and facilitators of DV group intervention programmes to better address the needs of collectivist-orientated DV perpetrators.

This study is important because it aims to contribute to understanding and addressing the needs of individuals migrating from collectivist cultures to Australia to minimise domestic violence.

This year the STOP Domestic Violence Conference will embark on the theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’ with nine featured speakers and over 50 expert stream/ workshop presenters.  

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