SA trial to intervene to stop men's controlling behaviour and break domestic violence cycle

SA trial to intervene to stop men's controlling behaviour and break domestic violence cycle

In a South Australian first, a trial program aimed at stopping men before they get violent will allow them to access accommodation and get support.

The state-first perpetrator intervention pilot program is the final part of the state government’s $4m commitment to open 40 new crisis beds for people affected by domestic and family violence.

Under the initiative, nine beds are dedicated for the perpetrator crisis accommodation pilot which will be run by non-government crime prevention agency Community Transitions.

Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the trial — which was the first of its kind — was in response to feedback from the domestic and family violence sector that more support and interventions for perpetrators was needed.

“The trial is for men who are worried about their current controlling behaviour and we’re really urging them to reach out for help to break the cycle before it’s too late,” she said.

“To be eligible for support, the victim must not be in a high risk of serious injury or death due to violence. Their wellbeing must be assessed as likely to improve by the removal of the perpetrator from the home, and the perpetrator must agree to leave the family home.”

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Assistant Minister Carolyn Power said the trial would also help to understand what worked in relation to perpetrator prevention and intervention.

“It’s a huge leap forward in how we respond to domestic and family violence, because where it’s safe for victims to stay in their homes, it enables them to maintain important supportive connections to school, work, family and community during a traumatic time, she said.

To access support through the new state-funded Men’s Help Line and inquire about the crisis accommodation, contact the Community Transitions’ Don’t Become That Man phone line on 1300 24 34 13.