Perpetrator interventions: A perspective from Australian Judicial officers

Australian Judicial officers and what they think about perpetrator interventions for DFV offenders 

In 2018-19, the Monash Gender & Family Violence Research team spoke to 60 judicial officers (justices, judges and Magistrates) across Australia: we asked their views about the meaning, impact and limitations of the domestic and family violence (DFV) perpetrator interventions that they administered as part of their everyday work. These interviews revealed that there is little uniformity in how judicial officers across Australian states and territories think about perpetrator interventions beyond the broad agreement that victims/survivors’ safety was a priority and a key objective. Judicial views ranged from some cynicism about the effectiveness of different types of perpetrator interventions and pessimism about the ability to change behaviour, to confidence that interventions to change the behaviour of DFV perpetrators can be successful. This variation existed both within and across jurisdictions and at every level of the court system. Interviewees indicated that they struggled to keep up with current knowledge about PIPs and their availability and had concerns about gaps and limitations in current programs. Understanding how perpetrator interventions operate in court systems is critical as a part of building accountability all across the system; the research identified a number of changes that could enhance this objective.

Professor JaneMaree Maher is Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Sociology, Monash University. She has published five books and more than 60 articles focused on gender issues and equality, including Sex work: Labour, mobility and sexual services (Routledge: 2013) with Sharon Pickering and Alison Gerard, and Securing Women’s Lives (Routledge 2018) with Sandra Walklate, Kate Fitz-Gibbon, and Jude McCulloch. She is a lead researcher in the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention team. She is currently working on gendered violence prevention projects with the Victorian State Government, and with Australia’s National Research Organization for Women’s Safety. Recent projects include the Review of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme for the Victorian Government and Perpetrator Interventions in Australia: A national study of judicial views and sentencing practice for domestic violence offenders.


  • When: 1-2pm, Friday 21 October 2021
  • Where: This is a webinar. You will be sent log in details when you register.
  • CPD: Members will earn 1 point in core area 4 (substantive law)
  • Cost (incl GST): $88 members, $115 non-members, $25 students/CLCs
  • Registrations close Thursday 20 October 2021


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