International experience indicates that the COVID-19 virus will significantly impact on the FDV experiences of adult and child victim-survivors. In addition to this increased risk to victim-survivors, the virus is also likely to have other immediate impacts on MBCPs across Australia, including the dwindling participation in group work and closure of physical sites for MBCP activities – possibly for some time.
It is critically important that all MBCP providers prepare for these eventualities immediately, both to minimise risks to victim-survivors and to ensure all staff are working – in offices or at home – in safe conditions.
The below Practice Update provides guidance for managers and program staff associated with intervention and case management responses to perpetrators of FDV.
Download the COVID-19 & Men’s Behaviour Change Programs Practice Update here.