Levitt Robinson welcomes the ACT Government’s introduction of behavioural therapy for men at risk of committing domestic violence as part of sweeping reforms to domestic violence laws in the territory.
The Room4Change initiative, which will allow women and children to stay in their homes while men move out to take part in a three-month intensive residential program, follows a joint submission by Levitt Robinson Solicitors and Notre Dame University to the NSW Government calling for behavioural therapy to be a part of NSW’s response to domestic violence.
“The research and submission to the NSW Government acknowledged a real need for behavioural therapy program’s to be the start of the solution to the domestic violence problem,” Levitt Robinson Senior Partner Stewart Levitt said following the announcement.
The Levitt Robinson/Notre Dame submission, like the ACT Government’s initiative, urges the NSW Government to implement programs which will reduce the instances of domestic violence ending up in the court systems and hospital emergency departments.
Mr Levitt said any program which attempted to provide families with assistance before a man’s actions ended up in the criminal justice system was worth implementation.
“Like any social problem prevention has to be a part of society’s response,” Mr Levitt said.
“This program is ground breaking for Australia and international research supports its inception. It will be very interesting to see the results of the program over the coming months.”