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Bilateral electronic monitoring of high-risk family violence perpetrators in an Australian jurisdiction

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Winter, R and Herrlander Birgerson, EL and Frey, R and Julian, R and Lucas, P and Norris, K and Matthewson, ML, Bilateral electronic monitoring of high-risk family violence perpetrators in an Australian jurisdiction, Police Science: Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing, 6, (2) pp. 51-58. ISSN 2206-5202 (2022) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This study describes an evaluation of a two-year trial of bi-lateral (perpetrator and victim) electronic monitoring (EM) of high-risk family violence (FV) perpetrators in an Australian jurisdiction. This project was a multiagency collaboration between Police and the Department of Justice and involved the creation of a locally based monitoring centre. Observations of key activities, such as fitting of devices, court proceedings, and multiagency meetings, were conducted throughout the project to assess progress. Semi structured interviews (n=49) were conducted with key stakeholders and a sample of victims and offenders. Key themes emerging from the analysis were:
    1. Local monitoring is working well
    2. Offenders were largely compliant
    3. There was a reduction in both frequency and seriousness of offending
    4. Victims reported feeling safer
    5. Both offenders and victims needed short term support services in conjunction with EM.
However, offenders expressed a preference for custodial options and whilst short term offending has been positive, a longer-term study is required to monitor enduring behaviour change.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:Evaluation, electronic monitoring, family violence
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Violence and abuse services
UTAS Author:Winter, R (Dr Romy Winter)
UTAS Author:Herrlander Birgerson, EL (Miss Ebba Herrlander Birgerson)
UTAS Author:Frey, R (Dr Ronald Frey)
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
UTAS Author:Lucas, P (Dr Peter Lucas)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, ML (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:149455
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-03-31
Last Modified:2022-03-31
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