Perpetrator behaviour change crucial ‘otherwise only band-aid solutions for domestic violence’

July 18, 2016

Man hitting table with fistEvidence-based perpetrator behaviour change needs to be part of the overall response to domestic and family violence, otherwise society will continue to rely on reactive, band-aid solutions in response to domestic violence.

That’s according to CQUniversity academic Dr Silke Meyer, who is welcoming a new Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change, as part of the suite of postgraduate programs in Domestic and Family Violence Practice.

“Research indicates that up to two-thirds of male domestic violence perpetrators have a prior record of domestic and family violence, often in multiple relationships. As much as we need victim support and protection, the change in perpetrator behaviour is a crucial part of the overall response. Otherwise perpetrators continue to offend, either against the same partner or a new one.” Dr Meyer says.

“Men are the answer to combatting domestic and family violence against women. The majority of men are non-violent. We need those to speak out and provide positive models. And we need the ones that are abusive to engage in evidence-based interventions to become safer partners and parents.” 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. Early bird closes 24th October.

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. Abstracts close 22nd August 2016.

Research has demonstrated that domestic violence is a global issue of epidemic proportions (WHO, 2013) and affects all cultures, ages, genders and socio-economic groups. Domestic violence does not discriminate.

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