Working with Men in An Integrated Response

October 24, 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 Mrs Rosemary O’Malley, CEO at the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre who will present on ‘Working with Men in An Integrated Response’.

Abstract

Working with men who use violence and coercive control in their relationships is nuanced, unique, necessary, and compelling work. There are many tensions to grapple with: men who have used violence with impunity, who have witnessed and experienced violence and abuse in their childhoods, who appear respectful and engaging in their work and social relationships but who continue to intimidate, abuse, threaten, and control their partners and children.

This presentation will talk about the dissonance inherent when working with men who have demonstrated this behaviour. The dissonance of holding engagement and connection with them, alongside assessing and responding to the risk they pose, while working towards increasing the safety of the women and children who are impacted by their behaviour by inviting the men into a process of critical thinking and towards change.

It will discuss the collaboration between the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre and Probation and Parole in delivering the Men’s Domestic Violence Education and Intervention Program for men mandated by the Court and through their supervision on Community Based Orders.

It will consider the importance of the men’s work being located in the broader service system, in an Integrated Response of government and non-government agencies working collaboratively in a coordinated manner to increase the safety of women and children while men are participating on programs. The dangers of working in echo chambers will be explored, as well as some pointers to increasing coordinated responses and engaging the broader service system in supporting the work being done in men’s programs.

Biography

Rosemary O’Malley is the CEO of the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre (DVPC). She commenced working for DVPC in 2009 and was the Manager of the Men’s Domestic Violence Education and Intervention Program (MDVEIP) from 2009 to 2016. She writes and presents on collaborative practice; specifically, on finding a common purpose and framework by which systems agencies and NGOs can work together to increase the safety of women and children and to support the work of men’s programs.

For further information and to book tickets for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit www.stopdomesticviolence.com.au

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