Mrs Deirdre Pakendorf1
1DPV Health, Epping, Australia
Aim: A Family Safety Worker’s (FSW) reflective evidence based practice to compare perpetrator self- assessment of violent and controlling behaviours versus the lived experience of affected family members (AFM) over a 20 week period at DPV Health’s Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP).
Method: MBCP is available to men, aged 18 and over, who reside in Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra, and are willing to take responsibility for their abusive behaviour. A “Violent and Controlling Checklist” is completed by the perpetrators pre and post program to reflect on the frequency and type of violence used. This checklist is used as a comparative tool during the FSW’s contact with the AFM to assess whether behavioural change has occurred over this period.
Results: A clinical comparative analysis of perpetrator perception of their own behavioural change versus the lived experience of the AFM proved to be a useful tool to assess perpetrators perception of their own behavioural change versus the lived experience of the AFM. A more formal approach to data collection and analysis is required as well ongoing research funding support for MBCP’s from the Victorian government. This would provide evidence based outcome data to measure perpetrator behavioural change and provide ongoing information on ways to improve the delivery of MBCP’s.
Significance of the Findings to Allied Health: MBCP’s aim is to be a driver of change in eliminating family violence in our community and thus reduce the negative impact on allied health service funding and resources.
Deirdre holds a Masters in Clinical Counselling and currently works as a Family Safety Worker for a Men’s Behavioral Change Program.