Behavioural change program for men at risk of committing domestic violence

June 15, 2016

support for domestic violence offendersMen at risk of committing acts of domestic violence will have access to crisis accommodation and behavioural therapy under a new ACT Government program.

The Room4Change initiative allows women and children to stay in their homes while men move out to take part in a three-month intensive residential program.

The initiative is funded as part of the ACT’s Safer Families package announced in last weeks budget. As reported by ABC News.

The program will be coordinated by community agency Connections ACT and the Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

“Families have been crying out for a whole-of-family response and a support system,” director Mirjana Wilson said.

“To have men that are willing to engage and work on their use of violence … before it gets to the point where they have to engage with the criminal justice system, I think it is vital.”

Ms Wilson said the program avoided some of the upheaval associated with removing women and children from violence, providing new options for families in crisis.

“That option is still an incredibly important one … however it’s really important that a secondary option exists for those women and children … to be supported to stay at home.”

Men taking part in the program will also have access up to nine months of community outreach support.

ACT Minister for Women Yvette Berry said the program was at the forefront of family violence prevention.

“This is a new frontier in addressing violence, and gives families the chance to reassess their relationships,” she said.

“This way they’ll be supporting victims and perpetrators as well … making sure we can end violence ending up in our court systems, emergency departments and playing out in our neighbourhoods.” To read more click here.

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference; Providing the Skills for Change will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane.

With an improved focus and awareness on the effect of Domestic and Family Violence within Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is providing a national unified platform to discuss the strain of Domestic Violence on Australian resources and facilities. Registrations are now open. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.

With a focus on building skills within the sector, the conference will include discussion and presentations around policy, research and practice with a particular emphasis on innovative and emerging responses.

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE.

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