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Programs for men who use family violence

Programs for men who use family violence

We offer Men’s Behaviour Change and Men’s Case Management programs and Repair-enting dads’ groups for men who use, or have used, family violence.

Read our family violence information sheet [PDF, 118KB]

Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP)

This 20-week group program is for adult men who have used violent or controlling behaviours towards their partners and/or children and would like help with managing anger.

MBCPs aim to:

  • encourage men to take responsibility for their use of family violence.
  • provide an opportunity for men to explore and reflect on their attitudes and beliefs that may influence their use of violence.
  • increase men’s understanding of the impact of their use of family violence towards their partners and/or children.
  • show men how to relate to their family in healthy and positive ways
  • assist men in making changes towards developing safe and respectful relationships with their partners and children.

 

Is it time for change? How do I know if an MBCP is for me?

In your relationship with your partner or former partner:

  • Have you often criticised, called them names, put them down in front of others or said things to frighten them?
  • Have you hit, punched, slapped, pushed or shoved them, or pulled their hair?
  • Have you made threats of physical violence, such as threatening to throw something, use a weapon or hit them, or threatened a pet?
  • Have you pressured or forced them to have sex when they didn’t want to?
  • Have you been extremely jealous such as unfairly accusing them of paying too much attention to another person?
  • Have you controlled your shared finances, so they are dependent on you or prevented them from using money for their own purposes?
  • Have you not let them do something they wanted to do, such as meeting up with friends or working?
  • Have you used your children to control and dominate your partner? 
  • Have you abused your children or controlled them in ways that are not healthy and supportive of their development?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, and you’re ready to take responsibility for the way you’ve been acting, and would like help to change behaviour, an MBCP can help.

 

Would you like help to control anger and would like to know how to get started?

Contact your nearest centre for upcoming dates and to make an appointment for an assessment with a group facilitator.

We also offer a Vietnamese Men’s Behaviour Change Program in Sunshine which is delivered in-language by our professional Vietnamese facilitators.

Cost

  • Assessment: $30 
  • Weekly group sessions: $15 per session ($300 total)

 

 

Men’s Case Management Program

Free, tailored support for men who want to stop their use of violence and abusive behaviours.

 

Who can use the program?

The program offers individual support for men aged 18 years and over who want to take responsibility for and stop their violent behaviour, but who are struggling with other challenges that are making this change difficult.

These challenges may include:

  • housing difficulties and homelessness
  • drug and alcohol use
  • mental and physical health issues
  • language and cultural barriers.

 

How can I access the program?

The program can be provided face-to-face or by telephone. 

During this time, your case manager will work together with you to identify your goals that are related to your behaviours that you want to change, and they will connect you to relevant support services. 

In some circumstances, we may also be able to provide assistance with accessing services, such as counselling, psychology and health services not covered by Medicare, to help you to create healthy relationships with your family members.

 

How do I get started?

To get started, contact your nearest centre to make a time to meet privately with one of our case managers and talk about your circumstances.

If the program is suitable for you, we can provide you with up to 20 hours of support over a period of time that meet your needs.

 

 

Repair-enting

Repair-enting is a program for fathers who have completed a men’s behaviour change program and want to strengthen or repair their relationships with their children.

View our upcoming programs

 

Family safety support

Family safety is a vital part of these programs, so our family safety practitioners will make contact with your family members to offer them support and assistance they might need.

We do this because people exposed to or affected by family violence also need support.

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