Offender Support Services

Men’s Referral Service – Counselling and referral

1300 766 491

Monday - Friday 8am to 9pm

Weekends 9am to 5pm

The Men’s Referral Service (external link) is a men's family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service and is a central point of contact for men taking responsibility for their violent behaviour.

Funded under the State Government's Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022, No To Violence provide this toll free services in Tasmania as a place for men to seek advice and support, as well as providing a 'cold call' service, contacting male perpetrators of family violence after a reported family violence incident in order to actively engage men in a conversation at this high risk time.

Defendant Health Liaison Service

6777 1204 Northern Tasmania

6464 3094 North West Tasmania

6166 0486 Southern Tasmania

Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm

The Defendant Health Liaison Service offers support to people who have been charged with an offence or have been served with a Police Family Violence Order or a Family Violence Order.

The Service is separate from the Police and not directly part of the court or legal system. The Defendant Health Liaison Officer cannot provide legal advice.

Support includes

  • Someone to talk to you about your current situation.
  • Referral and information about other services.
  • Assistance in understanding Police Family Violence and Family Violence Orders.
  • Support through the court process.

The Defendant Health Liaison Service assists offenders to access appropriate health and welfare services in the Government and non-Government sectors. The service is located within the Department of Health and Human Services Forensic Mental Health Service (external link).

MENS Program

1300 364 277

Funded under the State Government's Safe Homes, Families, Communities: Tasmania’s action plan for family and sexual violence 2019-2022, Relationships Australia (external link) deliver the Men Engaging New Strategies (MENS) Program, designed for men who have hurt or abused their partners or ex-partners and are ready to take responsibility for their behaviour.

This program is delivered by a skilled team of practitioners who help men to respond to situations and challenges. Their practitioners have extensive experience and qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling or community work and provide individual counselling sessions throughout the program as well as some group work.

Referrals into this free 20-24 week program can be made by self-referral, or via the courts, police, or other service providers.

Family Violence Offender Intervention Program

Community Corrections, in the Department of Justice is responsible for the intervention program for high risk family violence offenders mandated by the criminal justice system. The program being delivered in Tasmania has been adapted from the highly successful violent offenders programs offered by the New Zealand Department of Corrections.

Co-facilitators deliver the intensive program which runs for 50 hours and is able to be delivered as a group or an individual program for eligible men.

The FVOIP offers a number of special features including

  • Motivation and buy-in at front end of program.
  • An offence mapping process that identifies individual criminogenic need.
  • Skill building arising out of offence process work focusing on internal emotional states and habitual thinking and distorted thinking processes.
  • Interpersonal relationships skill building, such as managing conflict, and getting feedback from others.
  • Developing an alternative life map to replace offence related pathways.
  • Building family accountability systems to assist long-term maintenance of new behaviours.

Community Corrections also delivers the EQUIPS suite of programs which includes the Domestic Abuse Program for medium risk men who have perpetrated family violence and have a current community based order with Community Corrections.

Services for Women

The EQUIPS Domestic Abuse Program includes female specific material for delivery to female perpetrators of family violence. Community Corrections are able to deliver this program to females who have a current community based order resulting from family violence offending.

Women who have been issued with a Police Family Violence Order or Family Violence Order can contact Engender Equality to talk about their relationship. Engender (external link) is a non-government service funded by the Tasmanian Government.