Over the past decade, No to Violence has seen an increase of research in the perpetrator interventions and men’s behaviour change space. This steady increase can be attributed to the Second Action Plan and Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, and federal/state-based advertising campaigns. This research has been conducted on a national and state-based level, has seen family violence peak bodies and community services sector and universities involved, and working together.
The influx of research into perpetrator interventions and men’s behaviour change space reminds us about the importance and rigour of conducting ethical research, and how to achieve this from the outset.
When embarking on a research project, and in particular when including human subjects in project scope and remit, we acknowledge that research methodologies must comply with rigorous high-standards. For instance, compliance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Along with the NHMRC guidelines, we also recommend adhering to the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) guidelines as specified here. In particular, ANROWS are leading on innovative and dynamic research projects under the Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream.
With 25 years experience of working directly with men who choose to use family violence and our members’ track record in delivering Men’s Behavioural Change Programmes, we understand that conducting research into perpetrator interventions and men’s behaviour change has a set of unique challenges. In the men’s family violence context it is imperative to operate a clear framework which attends to both risk management and safety. Due to these factors, we always encourage those who wish to conduct research in the perpetrator interventions and men’s behaviour change space to adhere to the NHMRC and ANROWS guidelines as outlined above.
Examples of research:
- Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse (2013), L. Zannettino; E. Pittaway, R. Eckert & L. Bartolomei; B. Ostapiej-Piatkowski & A. Allimant; J. Parris, Responding to Refugees Affected by Domestic and Sexual Violence: Working with Men’, in Improving Responses to Refugees with Backgrounds of Multiple Trauma.
- US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (2008), B.R. Kistenmacher & R.L. Weiss, Motivational interviewing as a mechanism for change in men who batter: a randomized controlled trial.
We are committed to offering our members support and guidance when embarking on perpetrator intervention and men’s behaviour change research.
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