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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous family violence offender program (IFVOP)



The Indigenous family violence offender program (IFVOP) has operated in the Northern Territory (NT) since 2005, and aims to work with Aboriginal offenders to educate and provide alternative strategies for addressing issues which result in family violence.

IFVOP is deliverable in 20 communities in the NT, and has also been run in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia.

IFVOP is a 50 hour group program, delivered by local Aboriginal 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:

The program is funded under the Closing the gap initiative, and delivered through Department of Correctional Services, NT.

Abstract adapted from Department of Justice, NT


Department of Correctional Services, NT
Head Office
Ground Floor, Old Admiralty Towers
68 The Esplanade
Darwin NT 0800
GPO Box 3196
Darwin NT 0801
Ph: (08) 8939 0118
Fax: (08) 8939 0123

Related publications

A better way (2012)

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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

The Indigenous family violence offender program: NT Community Corrections (2009)

Indigenous Family Violence Offender Program


Last updated: 31 July 2015
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