Programs for violent offenders
DCS delivers programs that address generalised violence as opposed to domestic and family violence.
- The Violence Prevention Program (VPP) – a high intensity ten month program for offenders assessed as a high risk of violent re-offending.
- Violence Prevention Program-me (VPP-me) – a high intensity 12 month program for offenders assessed as moderate to high risk of violent re-offending, who have been assessed as having an intellectual disability or acquired brain injury.
- Violence Prevention Program – Aboriginal Men – a ten month program for offenders assessed as high risk of violent re-offending, and who are recognised as Aboriginal and prefer to engage in a culturally adapted program. Aboriginal offenders are also considered eligible for the VPP.
- The Living Without Violence Program – a moderate intensity four month program for offenders assessed as being moderate risk of violent reoffending.
These programs address a range of treatment targets including:
- substance abuse
- emotional control
- violent lifestyle
- cognitive thinking distortion
- relationship and social functioning
- victim awareness and empathy, and
- safety and self-management planning.
Offenders are assessed for suitability for this program after sentencing and an individual plan is developed.
This plan is monitored by case managers.