Engaging men who use violence | Strengthening the possibilities of change for them and us
Interrelate is seeking to expand the perspective of what is possible when it comes to preventing domestic and family violence (DFV), when it presents its findings for strengthening the possibilities of change for them and us, at this year’s Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) conference.
Interrelate are changing the way we work with perpetrators of abuse when it comes to family relationships, by moving to a therapeutic model of men’s behaviour change based on First Nations cultural teachings of how men learn about their obligations to family. It’s been observed that men who use violence often continue their presence in the family over time and play an important role with their children. Interrelate practitioners observed around 80% of clients who used our services had been impacted by DFV at some stage in their relationship.
“We are engaging men who use violence with education about self-awareness, First Nations cultural connection, and the impact of their behaviour on others through the Respectful Man program, which has proven to have significantly positive results for the participants of the group and their families” said Eloise Neylon, Practice Specialist in Clinical Governance, Interrelate
“The Respectful Man program is the first of its kind, seeking to detach from the punitive models of education for male perpetrators of abuse, and instead focus on self-awareness and positive behaviour models.”
This approach is supported by evidence-based research that indicates that men’s desire to be a good father can be a motivator for changing abusive behaviours, and that healing the father child relationship can have added benefits for children impacted by DFV.
If you are interested in learning more about Respectful Man and Interrelate’s approach to preventing domestic and family violence, please reach out to Eloise Neylon, Practice Specialist in Clinical Governance, on the details below.