Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Next step in WA's domestic violence campaign

    1/12/2015 9:10 AM
    • New guide launched in response to Freedom from Fear Action Plan
    • Consistent programs to help men steer away from violent and controlling behaviour

    The State Government will introduce the next step in its campaign against domestic violence with the launch of a new guide to help men steer away from using violent and controlling behaviour.


    Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the Practice Standards for Perpetrator Intervention  are targeted at men's domestic violence behaviour change programs and outline the minimum standards for the way programs should operate.


    "With a number of agencies providing men's behaviour programs, it is essential that all agencies provide consistent programs that meet best-practice requirements in this important area of work," Mrs Morton said.


    "The Practice Standards demonstrate how services should respond to men using violence, hold them accountable and take responsibility for their violent behaviour.


    "This important resource, which is one of the 20 actions of the Freedom from Fear Action Plan, focuses on the safety of women and children, and sets out how to work collaboratively with partner agencies to assess, manage and monitor risk.


    "For the first time, the Practice Standards will be applied consistently to voluntary and mandated programs funded by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and the Department of Corrective Services."


    The Practice Standards, launched at the Family Pathways Network's conference today, will be implemented using a staged approach to support agencies to meet best practice.


    Fact File

    • Family and domestic violence is a gendered crime with about 95 per cent of the victims of family and domestic violence being female, and 90 per cent of the perpetrators being male
    • The Practice Standards for Perpetrator Intervention and further advice are available at http://www.cpfs.wa.gov.au
    • Women's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 007 339
    • Men's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599

    Minister's office - 6552 6900