Posts Categorised: Family Violence

Evaluation of a domestic violence treatment program

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“The treatment program for domestic violence offenders known as DVEQUIPS does not appear to reduce the risk of re-offending, according to an evaluation of the program completed by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR). DVEQUIPS is a behaviour change program offered to medium and high-risk domestic violence offenders who are serving custodial or community-based sanctions and have a current or past domestic offence. The BOCSAR evaluation focussed on offenders placed on community-based sanctions.”

Source: Rahman, S. and Poynton, S. (2018). Crime and Justice Bulletin and available from this link (open access).

Policing intimate partner violence in Victoria (Australia): Examining police attitudes and the potential of specialisation


“The adequacy of police responses to intimate partner violence has long animated scholarly debate, review and legislative change. While there have been significant shifts in community recognition of and concern about intimate partner violence, particularly in the wake of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, it nonetheless remains a significant form of violence and harm across Australian communities and a key issue for police, as noted in the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission.”

Source: Segrave, M., Wilson, D., & Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2018).  Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and available from this link (subscription journal)

Categories: Family Violence, Police

National comparison of cross-agency practice in investigating and responding to severe child abuse

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“This paper was prepared to provide practitioners and policy makers with a national view on cross-agency policies to encourage cross-jurisdictional learning and sharing of approaches. The authors also hope that this paper will lead to a national discussion around effective policies and practices in cross-agency responses. Each state/territory was compared on the characteristics of their response to severe child abuse, arrangements for joint planning, interviewing and investigation, the degree of integration of therapeutic and supportive services, and governance arrangements.”

Source: Herbert, J. & Bromfield, L. (2018). Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Paper No. 47 and available from this link (open access).

Under the Radar: The Widespread Use of ‘Out of Court Resolutions’ in Policing Domestic Violence and Abuse in the United Kingdom

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“This study investigated the nature and extent of out of court resolutions for domestic abuse using the Freedom of Information Act. Out of court resolutions were used by every UK police force except Scotland to respond to over 5,000 domestic abuse incidents (including intimate partner abuse) in 2014. Some of these incidents related to offences with sentencing tariffs up to life imprisonment. Such widespread use has been taking place ‘under the radar’ in stark contrast to police guidance, has immediate implications for policy and practice, and fundamentally shifts the research terrain in this field.”

Source: Westmarland, N., Johnson, K., & McGlynn, C. (2017). The British Journal of Criminology, and available from this link (open access).

Using ambulance data to inform violence prevention : A guide for police, public health and violence prevention partnerships

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“The use of ambulance data for crime reduction is a form of injury surveillance. Under this practice, data for assault-based injuries is shared with the police and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to help them identify where violent crime is taking place, which in turn allows police to target their resources to reduce violent offending.”

Source: Sutherland, A., Strang, L., Stepanek, M. and Giacomantonio, C. (2017).  RAND Research Report and available from this link (open access).  

A ‘double edged sword’: discretion and compulsion in policing domestic violence


“Policing domestic violence is a complex area in which there are divergent views about the extent to which front line police action should be mandated by legislation and guidance. This study set in Victoria, Australia raised questions about the balance between discretion and compulsion in policing domestic violence through researching the implementation of the Code of Practice used to respond to domestic violence incidents.”

Source: Diemer, K., Ross, S., Humphreys, C., & Healey, L. (2017). Police Practice and Research, and available from this link (subscription journal).


Categories: Family Violence, Police

The concept and measurement of violence against women and men

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“How should research and new ways of thinking about violence improve its measurement? Could improved measurement change policy? The book is a guide to how the measurement of violence can be best achieved. It shows how to make femicide, rape, domestic violence, and FGM visible in official statistics. It offers practical guidance on definitions, indicators and coordination mechanisms. It reflects on theoretical debates on ‘what is gender’, ‘what is violence’, and ‘the concept of coercive control’. and introduces the concept of ‘gender saturated context’. Analysing the socially constructed nature of statistics and the links between knowledge and power, it sets new standards and guidelines to influence the measurement of violence in the coming decades.”

Source: Walby, S. ert al. (2017). Policy Press and available from this link (open access).

Multiagency Investigation & Support Team (MIST) pilot: Evaluation report



“It summarises the findings of the evaluation of the Multiagency Investigation and Support Team (MIST), which involves the co-location of a Child Abuse Squad team (WA Police), police and Child Protection and Family Support specialist child interviewers, a CPFS worker, Child and Family Advocates, and therapeutic support services to work as part of an integrated team in Armadale, Western Australia.”

Source: Bromfield, L., & Herbert, J. (2017).  Australian Centre for Child Protection and available from this link (open access).

Targeting Escalation and Harm in Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from Northern Territory Police, Australia

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“Does analysis of intimate partner violence (IPV) among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal couples in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia, reveal any predictable escalation in frequency or severity of harm over a 4-year observation period?”

Source: Kerr, J., Whyte, C., & Strang, H. (2017). Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing and available from this link (open access).

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A cross-national comparison of police attitudes about domestic violence: a focus on gender


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“The purpose of this paper is twofold. The first goal is to conduct a cross-national examination of law enforcement officer attitudes about domestic violence (DV) by comparing officer attitudes in the USA to officer attitudes in Australia. The second goal is to examine law enforcement officer attitudes about DV using a gender lens to identify whether patterns in attitudes among male and female officers in the USA are similar to those among Australian male and female law enforcement officers.”

Source: McPhedran, S., Gover, A. R., & Mazerolle, P. (2017). Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 40(2), and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Family Violence, Police