The Courts Administration Authority received government funding to establish intervention programs for men issued with an intervention order to protect their intimate female partner or former partner, from abuse.
A small team of staff are employed by the Courts Administration Authority to undertake assessments, referrals and monitor compliance and progress. This team is called the Abuse Prevention Team.
The Courts Administration Authority funds OARS-Community Transitions and KWY to deliver the intervention programs which are called Domestic Violence Prevention Programs (DVPPs).
Family Violence Courts operating at the Adelaide, Port Adelaide, Elizabeth, Christies Beach, Murray Bridge, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta and Whyalla Magistrates Courts can refer men to a DVPP in the local area. The court usually refers men when an interim intervention order is issued and an associated criminal charge laid. The referral can be made a condition of the interim intervention order or it can be made as a condition of bail granted for associated criminal charges.
Men’s engagement and progress is monitored and reviewed regularly prior to program completion. Successful completion is taken into consideration when finalising conditions of the intervention order and in sentencing for related criminal offences such as assault.
If a man is referred to an intervention program under a condition of an intervention order, he must comply with the condition or face the possibility of being fined by police. He is informed he has two working days to make an appointment for an assessment and if recommended he is expected to attend regularly and engage in the content. These conditions are monitored closely.
The partners or former partners of men participating in a DVPP have access to a women’s safety service which provides safety advice and case management. This aspect of the program ensures that women’s safety is monitored and maintained while the man is undertaking an intervention program to address his abusive behaviours and beliefs.
If you have any queries please send them to APP@courts.sa.gov.au