People in custody are more likely to have histories of exposure to FDV, either as perpetrators, survivors or witnesses, or a combination of the three. Some populations that have an increased risk of exposure to FDV, also have higher rates of incarceration. This includes Aboriginal Australians, especially Aboriginal women, people who come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with disability.
It is incumbent on the Department of Justice (the Department) to provide treatment programs to perpetrators of FDV offences, to reduce both recidivism and future harm to the community. It is also crucial that the Department provides other supports, including psychological services, to perpetrators, survivors and witnesses.