Training: Perpetrator accountability in a child protection framework


In November 2012, the WIFVC, in partnership with the City of Wyndham, supported approximately 40 staff from child protection, Child First and family services in Melbourne’s west to attend a full day training on perpetrator accountability delivered by No To Violence.

The training built the skills of workers in the areas of:

  • Their role as Child Protection Practitioners in the response to family and domestic violence
  • Accountability of perpetrators
  • Theories and strategies to respond to male family and domestic violence
  • The cycle of violence including recognising and responding to behaviours of men and women at different phases of the cycle
  • Stages of Change and how to respond effectively at each stage
  • Strategies that the men may use (e.g. ‘smoke screens’) and how to respond to them
  • Collusion
  • Assessment
  • Engagement strategies


Participants evaluated the training very positively, reflecting other regions’ experiences with similar training from NTV. Further sessions in the west are being explored in the near future.