Evaluation of PartnerSPEAK

Evaluation of PartnerSPEAK

16 November 2021

This report highlights the benefits of peer support for non-offending family members of child sexual abuse offenders.

This report has been produced by the University of New South Wales.

It presents learnings from an evaluation of PartnerSPEAK, a peer-support program for non-offending partners, family and friends of child sexual abuse material offenders in Victoria.

Key findings include:

  • the peer-support model was critical in helping the service users cope with shame and stigma
  • the service users did not identify as victims of family violence or access such services, despite describing abusive behaviours
  • there is a need for a national response, with almost 40% of clients from outside Victoria.

Access the report via the Academia.edu website.

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