Support for Fathers Project

October 15, 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 Mr Dom Alford, Support for Fathers Project with Relationships Australia who will present on ‘Support for Fathers Project’.


Support for Fathers is a national project coordinated by Relationships Australia that aims to support young men and fathers in their role as parents and partners, and in turn increase men’s involvement in gender equity and reduce family violence.

The project is funded by Department of Social Services (DSS) and comes under the National Plan to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

We aim for young men and fathers to:
• Be part of the solution and contribute to a reduction in violence against women and their children
• Better understand the importance of their role as parents and partners
• Have access to evidence-based tools, strategies and knowledge
• Improve their confidence as both parents and partners
• Develop, maintain and role-model healthy and respectful relationships with family members.

Support for Fathers will result in the development of:
• Resources for young men and fathers
• A Professionals’ Toolkit for service providers working with young men and fathers.

Throughout 2018, the Support for Fathers project will travel around Australia to consult with services, fathers and families.

The preliminary findings from these national consultations will be presented in December 2018 at the Stop Domestic Violence Conference.

In 2019, the resources and toolkit that will be developed as part of the project will be shared with the community and training will be offered to service providers.


Dom Alford is the Project Coordinator of Support for Fathers at Relationships Australia Victoria. Dom has worked in the welfare sector for 10 years across child protection, foster care, youth work, parent education and teaching. Dom has post-graduate qualifications in family support and practice as well as extensive knowledge of childhood and brain development, child behaviour and childhood trauma. Dom has experience facilitating fathers’ groups, implementing father-sensitive practice and, through the Support for Fathers project, has developed an extensive network and knowledge base of fathers’ programs around Australia.

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