Integrating services for victim/survivors and perpetrators of family violence

October 30, 2018

The upcoming 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast over 3 and 4 December with optional workshops on 5 December. 

Joining us at the conference is Ms Cheryl Munzel, Senior Manager Therapeutic Programs with the Centre for Non-violence who will present on ‘Integrating services for victim/survivors and perpetrators of family violence’.


The Centre for Non-Violence has moved beyond the rhetoric of integration and developed an innovative model of working with both victim/survivors and perpetrators of family violence.

Our model prioritises the safety of women and children experiencing intimate partner and family violence and the accountability of men who perpetrate violence. It is informed by our learnings about integrated responses to family violence in Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and United Kingdom and through listening to the voices of women and children assessing our services.

In our presentation we will share:
• How we were guided by the voices of women experiencing family violence to work with men who used violence in the family through Men’s Behaviour Change Programs over 10 years ago;
• How we developed a structure that has men’s workers and women/children’s workers working together in teams with an integrated practice framework;
• The ways we share information to inform risk assessment and management across programs;
• How we safely co-located all our programs in the same physical space; and
• Our next steps in working with whole families.


Cheryl is the Senior Manager of Therapeutic Services at the Centre for Non-Violence, a specialist family violence service in regional Victoria that provides an integrated response to women and children experiencing family violence and men who use family violence. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Narrative Therapy & Community Work. Her experience includes research into police responses, community development, client services management, therapeutic work with victim/survivors and facilitation of Men’s Behaviour Change programs. Cheryl is interested in how feminist narrative practices can support and inform the work with both victim/survivors and perpetrators of family violence.

For further information and to book tickets for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit

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