An article, discussing a ground breaking Domestic Violence Intervention Pilot Programme (DVIP), a joint initiative of Levitt Robinson Solicitors and the University of Notre Dame Australia, is featured in the March 2016 Edition of InPrincipio, the University of Notre Dame Australia magazine.
The DVIP is a preventative program aimed at low-level respondents of apprehended domestic violence applications.
The program is based on research conducted by Levitt Robinson, Solicitors, the University of Notre Dame Law School and Sydney based Psychotherapist and Counsellor Odelia Carmon.
Levitt Robinson, Senior Associate, Louise Cassar is quoted in the article as saying: “Domestic Violence is a community issue, which requires a community response. The domestic violence intervention program offers a therapeutic and preventative approach for perpetrators to take accountability for their behaviour. It provides the perpetrator with the first step towards breaking the cycle which often includes being caught up in an over-burdened court system and separated from those they love the most – their family”.
Levitt Robinson approached Notre Dame in 2015 to assist them to undertake the research, as there was a philosophical and ethical fit between the University’s pluralist objectives and the intervention program.