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Assessment/Treatment for Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators with Cognitive Impairment/Developmental Disability

Assessment/Treatment for Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators with Cognitive Impairment/Developmental Disability

When a perpetrator experiences a developmental disorder, consideration of how traits of the relevant disorder are critical in both assessment and intervention.

The experience of disability and traits related to disability can create a multifaceted presentation which needs to be understood from each aspect for effective assessment and intervention.

This 2-part webinar presentation aims to provide an understanding of what these additional factors are and how they can impact assessment as well as important consideration for intervention programs.

Session details

Part 1: Assessment Considerations for Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Perpetrators with Cognitive Impairment/Developmental Disability
Wednesday 7 September 2022, from 3pm-4:30pm (AEST)

Part 2: Treatment Considerations for DFV Perpetrators with Cognitive Impairment/Developmental Disability
Wednesday 14 September 2022, from 3pm-4:30pm (AEST)


Ideal for

Professionals who work with family violence including community organisation workers, school staff, health professionals, youth workers, child and family workers, and counsellors.

About the presenter

Dr Yvonne Maxwell is an AHPRA-registered psychologist who is a Senior Clinical Consultant for SAL Consulting and a Men's Behaviour Change Facilitator for Relationships Australia Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Graduate Certificate of Domestic and Family Violence Practice and a Doctorate of Forensic Psychology. She has over 10 years’ experience working with individuals who have disability in both direct care and clinical roles in addition to over 9 years’ experience of working with individuals (with and without disability) who perpetrate offending behaviour and have/are at risk of entering the justice system.

Dr Maxwell has extensive experience in writing reports related to risk and treatment needs for individuals who are mandated under the Disability Act 2006, Crimes Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried Act 1997 and the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005. She provides clinical support and engages in training sessions for psychologists/allied health professionals and disability support teams who support complex clients. She has also co-presented intervention program training workshops; both in Australia and internationally.

Dr Maxwell also engages in direct client work with individuals who perpetrate violence and this has included provision of individual and group-based programs has specific to sexual offending, violent offending and family violence treatment programs for intellectual disabled and non-intellectually disabled offenders.


75 minutes of content and 15 minutes of moderated Q&As.

Other information

Registrations close 24 hours before the webinar start time. In addition to the live event link, all registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording post-event.

When you click to book, you will be taken to our new and improved payment gateway. Once you complete your registration you will receive an email detailing how to access your learning event in our Moodle Learning Management System.

In order to participate in this webinar, you will need access to the following:

  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Headphones
  • Microphone/speakers
  • Webcam (built in to your computer, or input separately)

Contact us

Training and Development Team
Phone: (03) 8573 2222
Email: [email protected]



3pm-4:30pm AEST on 7 September and 14 September 2022

Online (Zoom)
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