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What Works for Men? Engaging Men in Prevention

Gain knowledge, insights, practical advice and strategies to engage men in prevention of family violence.

It can be challenging to engage men in the prevention of family violence, however such an approach is crucial in supporting a more inclusive and effective way to prevent family violence.  

It not only helps to prevent violence but also contributes to the broader goals of promoting healthy relationships, gender equality, and a safer, more equitable society for everyone. 

Engaging men in family violence prevention can be difficult because of a range of factors, such as: 

  • societal norms and gender stereotypes 
  • defensive reactions 
  • lack of awareness 
  • fear of stigmatisation 
  • cultural and religious factors. 

Join our upcoming panel discussion to learn how to combat these challenges and impact positive change. 

You will hear from experts across the family violence, respectful relationships and community services sectors about what works and what doesn't when engaging men in family violence prevention. 

Learning outcomes

During this webinar, you’ll: 

  • gain an understanding of why it’s critical to engage men in primary prevention of family violence 
  • learn how to engage effectively with men from a range of different communities and backgrounds 
  • explore some of the key challenges involved in this work  
  • hear stories and learnings from programs that are engaging men effectively.

Ideal for

A range of workers in community organisations, social services, schools or businesses who want to engage men in preventing family violence. 

About the panellists

Dominic Alford is the Project Coordinator of Relationships Australia Victoria’s Support for Fathers Project. This national project provides dads and father-figures with options and information about fatherhood, the relationship with their partner and connecting with their kids; and supports professionals who work with dads. It’s funded by the Department of Social Services as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 

Over the past 6 years, Dom and the Support for Fathers project have been highlighting the role of men as fathers in the prevention of family violence through resource development, community groups, information sessions, conference presentations and workshops for communities, professionals and services. Dom has worked extensively in the welfare sector, with 15 years of experience in child protection, family services, foster care, parent education and teaching. To learn more about the Support for Fathers project, visit

Mike Colling worked in the youth mental health sector for over 20 years. During that time, he specialised in respectful relationship education for boys and young men, establishing in 2008 what later became The BETTERMAN Foundation. This national charity worked with tens of thousands of young men and those involved in their lives right across Australia, specifically in regional centres and remote townships, with a focus on suicide and violence prevention. Mike is also an Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) recipient for ‘Nova's All Ears’, a series of youth radio specials he wrote and co-hosted with Carrie Bickmore for NOVA100. His first book, The Other Side of Blue, was published in 2007 and sits on bookshelves around the world. Mike has recently undertaken a career change, however, he still works in a voluntary capacity with men as one of the founders of Mountain Men, a community group in the Dandenong Ranges that seeks to build positive connections and support men across this region.

Marijo Požega

Marijo has worked in community, therapeutic and education settings for 20 years. This includes individual and family counselling, case management, community development, group work and teaching.

Marijo has considerable experience in working with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, young people, families and in responding to violence and abuse, trauma and in the repair of family and interpersonal relationships.

In his current role at the Migrant Information Centre, Marijo is focused on the prevention of family violence, which includes the priority area of engaging and working with men.

Purchase information

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Contact us

Training and Development Team
Phone: (03) 8573 2222
Email: [email protected]

This webinar was recorded in March 2024.


This 1.5 hour pre-recorded webinar can be accessed at any time.

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