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The Violence prevention program (VPP) is a group based cognitive behavioural intervention for convicted violent offenders. The VPP emphasises the need for violent offenders to take responsibility for their actions so they can learn alternatives to criminal behaviour, understand the effect of violent offending on victims and the community, develop skills and attitudes for a more personally satisfying life and successfully become a part of the community without re-offending. The VPP is run in prisons and in community corrections in South Australia.
The VPP includes these specific modules:
The VPP runs between six and nine months depending upon the risk of the individuals engaged in treatment. Groups comprise of approximately 12 offenders. Participants must have a past or current violent offence, usually combined with a past history of convictions for violent related offending (i.e. assaults, robbery, aggravated criminal trespass). However, one major sufficiently violent offence may be enough for consideration (i.e. murder) into the program.
Department for Correctional Services, South Australia, abstract
Department for Correctional Services, SA
400 King William St
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 1747