Evaluation of the TaskForce Early Intervention for Family Violence Program (U-Turn): Interim Report
TaskForce has designed and is currently delivering Victoria’s first early intervention program (U- Turn) focused on the intersection of family violence (FV) and problematic alcohol and other drug (AOD) use for men who are potential perpetrators and who are respondents on Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIO) in the civil space. TaskForce is running four twelve-week group-based programs throughout 2019 and 2020 for up to fourteen men per group who are recent respondents to FVIOs, who are assessed as ‘group-ready’, and who experience problematic AOD use issues. Participants will are being referred from Moorabbin Justice Centre, with completion of the early intervention program a condition on their FVIO.
Prior to program entry, participants are being assessed for risk and eligibility. Those who are ineligible for this intervention group are being referred into more suitable programs. Following assessment, participants join a three-week orientation group prior to commencing the 12-week group-based intervention program. Topics to be covered include harm reduction, the relationship between AOD and FV, the gendered nature of FV, the impacts of violence on women, children and the community, respectful communication (post-separation), emotional regulation and basic legal education (with regard to understanding and complying with FVIOs including any possible variations to the FVIO).
Informed by feminist theory and behaviour change and AOD harm minimisation principles, U-Turn ensures that men are visible and accountable for their actions, and that women and families are kept safe.
The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (MGFVPC) has been contracted by TaskForce to undertake the evaluation of four rounds of the U-Turn program between February 2019 and February 2021.