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The Indigenous family violence offender program (IFVOP) has operated in the Northern Territory (NT) since 2005, and is currently funded under the Closing the Gap initiative, and delivered through the Community Corrections branch of the Department of Justice NT's Correctional Services division. The aim of IFVOP is to work with Indigenous offenders to educate and provide alternative strategies for addressing issues which result in anger. IFVOP is deliverable in 20 communities in the NT, and has also been run in the APY Lands.
IFVOP is a 50 hour group program, delivered by local Indigenous facilitators who are respected in their community. Participants are perpetrators of family violence who are on court orders to take part in the program. The program raises awareness about family violence and its impact on the offender, as well as their victims, families, and community as a whole. Other concepts addressed during the program include:
Abstract adapted from Department of Justice, NT
Indigenous family violence offender program (IFVOP)
Ph: (08) 8939 0113
Fax: (08) 8939 0123
Department of Justice
GPO Box 1722
Darwin NT 0801
Ph: (08) 8935 7777
Fax: (08) 8935 7779
This comic provides information about the Indigenous family violent offending program (IFVOP) in Arrernte, Kriol, Yolngu Matha, and English. Characters who perpetrate family violence in the comic discuss IFVOP, how this program can help them understand the reason for their violence, and how it can help to reduce violence in their communities.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract