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NSW COVID-19 Service Guidelines for perpetrator interventions

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Last Updated: 24-11-2021 15:30

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Restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in the intermittent suspension of in-person group work and case management with perpetrators of domestic and family violence (DFV) – both of which are central features of perpetrator interventions in New South Wales (NSW). These Service Guidelines have been adapted by No to Violence from the Victorian COVID-19 response to the pandemic, for Men’s Behaviour Change Program providers in New South Wales (NSW) to support agencies to deliver a consistent approach during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As MBCP providers in NSW gradually return to face-to-face service delivery in accordance with social distancing requirements, the health risks associated with the pandemic are still present and the location of COVID-19 hotspots are quickly changing, with the possibility of future outbreaks and restrictions. These guidelines focus on delivering a multi-intervention service model designed to support providers to tailor responses to individual perpetrators and provide flexible options to adapt their service delivery with a blend of technology-facilitated interventions – providing continuity for users of violence and responding to the needs and risk within the constraints of their organisational context in COVID-19.