Research looks at perpetrator views on domestic violence

April 27, 2016

stop domestic violenceAuthors of a new Flinders University study into domestic violence have interviewed both male perpetrators and women in the hope of understanding how to successfully intervene and keep women safe as reported by In Daily.

The research was conducted at Flinders University’s Australian Centre for Community Services Research by director Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith and Dr Helen McLaren, who said that focussing on perpetrators could be unpopular and might be seen as a diversion of resources that should be used for victims.

The research paper, titled Hearing their voices. Perceptions of Women and Men on Reducing Men’s Perpetration of Domestic Violence, was launched last night at the Men’s Shed in Port Pirie.

It was funded by Uniting Care Wesley Country SA with input and financial support from the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DSCI) Homelessness Strategy, and comes on the heels of Australian Bureau of Statistics family and domestic violence figures for 2014 showing that police recorded a total of 5691 victims of family and domestic violence offences.

In Australia, the number of women that will experience violence in their lifetime is one in three; one in six has experienced violence from a current or former partner.

The South Australian Domestic Violence Gateway Service, meanwhile, reported a 20 per cent increase in the number of calls from 2014 to 2015.

“Our research explored the ways in which a successful approach to the prevention of domestic violence may include the men who use violence in their relationships,” said Dr Goodwin-Smith.

“We interviewed 20 men and 20 women,who have experienced or been the perpetrators of domestic violence to understand their views on violence reduction.” To read more click here.

The 2016 Stop Domestic Violence Conference will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane. To express your interest in the 2016 Conference CLICK HERE.

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