Evaluation of Taskforce early intervention for family violence (U-Turn) program

Evaluation of Taskforce early intervention for family violence (U-Turn) program
Investigators: Associate Professor Silke Meyer, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Professor Jude McCulloch, Dr Jasmine McGowan
Project contacts: Associate Professor Silke Meyer

The MGFVPC is conducting an evaluation of a Victorian early intervention for family violence program (the U-Turn program) run by Taskforce. The program, developed by Victorian service provider Taskforce is an innovative early intervention for family violence targeted at family violence perpetrators who also have identified alcohol and/or other drug (AOD) issues. This MGFVPC research project aims to produce a useful evaluation which provides insight as to whether this new program is effective in increasing victim safety and reducing repeat court contact for men subject to their first family violence intervention order and who have AOD issues. This evaluation will provide evidence for the benefits and challenges associated with integrating family violence and AOD treatment for perpetrators to generate future directions for perpetrator interventions addressing the needs of family violence perpetrators who also display AOD misuse.

Background

There is currently a national focus on the impact of family violence for Australian communities. The evaluation of programs designed to change the behaviour of perpetrators of violence is key to improvement in family violence prevention. Taskforce has developed an innovative early intervention for family violence program targeted at family violence perpetrators who have alcohol or substance abuse issues. The Program aims to intervene after a perpetrator has been placed on a Family Violence Intervention Order to address the intersection of family violence and substance misuse in order to prevent reoffending.