Glossary for the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions

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Perpetrator programmes – this is the overarching name used to describe the range of programmes and services that are designed to enable perpetrators to take responsibility for their violence and work towards changing their violent attitudes and behaviours. Perpetrator programmes include men’s behaviour change programmes and clinical services for perpetrators of sexual violence and sexual assault.

Men’s Behaviour Change Programmes – Men’s Behaviour Change Programmes are one element of the domestic and family violence service system. They are usually group-based programmes that work with family or domestic violence perpetrators to enable them to accept responsibility for their violence and make attitudinal and behavioural choices towards nonviolence. The programmes can also play a crucial role in contributing to the safety of women and their children who are the victims of the man’s violence.

Clinical services for sex offenders – this is one response in the broader justice system that intervenes with perpetrators of sexual assault. In Australia, sex offender programmes are largely prison-based and operate on a voluntary basis. Programmes are often intensive and targeted at moderate to high-risk offenders. They are generally delivered in a group format and generally accommodate offenders of both child and adult victims.

Intervention orders – this is a generic term that describes the range of orders that can be made by various legal and justice authorities across Australian jurisdictions, in the context of domestic and family violence, to prohibit or restrict certain behaviour. These include ‘Intervention Orders’ (IVOs), ‘Domestic Violence Orders’ (DVOs), and ‘Apprehended Violence Orders’ (AVOs).

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