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understand victim-survivors’ experiences of violence, the behaviour of the perpetrator, previous engagement with the service system and potential points for advocacy on their behalf.
(2) Tailored responses to newly arrived migrant and refugee women in the ACT who have experienced domestic and family violence is provided by several organisations. Examples of these responses include:
- collaborative practice between the Cultural Liaison Officer at Victim Support ACT and the Multicultural Hub
- services provided via the Red Cross
- domestic and family violence informed responses via women’s refuges and crisis agencies such as Toora Women Inc, Doris Women’s Refuge Inc. and Domestic Violence Crisis Service.
(3) The FVSAP is unique in how it responds to those perpetrating violence. The FVSAP Perpetrator Response Advisor role was created following the external evaluation of the pilot conducted by Stopping Family Violence. It is a unique role that supports and coordinates all service responses to perpetrators when the person against whom they used violence is a client of the FVSAP. The Perpetrator Response Advisor works closely with the FVSAP case coordinators to understand the victim-survivor’s experience of the violence and potential escalation and trigger points. They then liaise with all agencies engaged with a perpetrator. This could include men’s behaviour change programs, ACT Corrective Services, ACT Police, and/or Children and Youth Protection Services. The Advisor ensures the information provided by the victim survivor and the behaviour mapping work of the FVSAP informs perpetrator interventions. The Advisor also ensures safety concerns identified by services are communicated to agencies supporting the victim survivor. Whilst the ACT currently has providers delivering services for perpetrators of domestic and family violence, these do not have the capacity to coordinate all service responses in the way the FVSAP does.
(4) In the ACT, men’s behaviour change programs are provided by Domestic Violence Crisis Service, EveryMan, Relationships Australia and ACT Corrective Services.
(5) FVSAP staff are employed in the Victims of Crime Commission and Domestic Violence Crisis Service:
a. Victims of Crime Commission
i. Coordinator – 1FTE
ii. Assistant Coordinator – 1FTE
iii. Case Coordinator – 1FTE
iv. Perpetrator Response Advisor – 1FTE
v. Aboriginal Liaison Officer – 1FTE
vi. Cultural Liaison Officer – 1FTE
b. Domestic Violence Crisis Service
i. Case coordinators – 2FTE