Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-led perpetrator program design and trial

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-led perpetrator program design and trial project will use a genuine, fully supported approach—working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and relevant stakeholders in community pilot sites (yet to be decided)—to:

  • develop new domestic and family violence (DFV) programs specifically focused on people using violence (perpetrators)
  • deliver the developed programs
  • refine and evaluate the programs.

The programs designed throughout this project will prioritise victim safety and perpetrator accountability and will be trauma-informed, healing-centred and strongly connected to culture, community and country. They will not duplicate existing services, programs or projects in the community.

We are funding this project in response to recommendations 25 and 27 of the Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce first report Hear her voice – Report One – Addressing coercive control and domestic and family violence in Queensland.

The project is also supported by the core principles of Queensland’s framework for action—Reshaping our approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander domestic and family violence.

The project will run until 30 June 2025.

Benefits to your community

If you choose to nominate your community to become a pilot site for this project, some of the potential benefits include:

  • a perpetrator program specifically designed for your community
  • stronger families
  • better futures for your children
  • a safer community.

What’s next

If you are interested in learning more about the project or meeting the project team, please contact us by emailing firstnationscommunityproject@justice.qld.gov.au.

Once we have a list of communities interested in taking part in the project, our project team will meet with those communities to supply further information.

After receiving information about the project, communities can then decide if they would like to take part.

Once pilot site communities are agreed on, the project team and those communities will set up a local project governance group to lead the project to design a perpetrator program that will meet the needs of their community.

Your privacy

The information we collect from your community as part of this project is protected by the Information Privacy Act 2009. Find out more by reading our privacy statement. Please note however that all information collected may be subject to disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009.


For more information please send an email to the project team at firstnationscommunityproject@justice.qld.gov.au.