Drive Around The World (Australia)

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Family Violence Prevention

Male family violence occurs in the context of intimate relationships.

It is ‘a pattern of coercive control that one person exercises over another in order to dominate and get his way. It is behaviour that physically harms, arouses fear, prevents a person from doing what she wants, or compels her to behave in ways she does not freely choose.’*

Family violence can occur in many different kinds of intimate relationships. For example, from one partner towards another, between partners, from a parent to a child, from an adult to an elderly relative, from an adolescent towards a parent. Most frequently however, family violence is perpetrated by men against women and children. Male family violence is an expression of gendered power; that is, the power that men — individually and collectively — have over women and children.

For more information about male family violence, including its various forms and the ways in which men can avoid responsibility for their use of violence, see the About family violence pages of the Men’s Referral Service website.
We see advocacy for social and systemic change as a vital component of male family violence prevention. For this reason, we devote a considerable proportion of our resources towards articulating and promoting the views and concerns of the sector and in developing responses to male family violence. We are represented on a number of Victorian and Commonwealth committees dealing with male family violence. We also have a strong media profile, providing a voice for the sector on topical issues relating to male family violence, gender issues and family safety.

The main type of service available for men who use violence are Men’s Behaviour Change Programs. These programs involve a number of components:

  • Assessment of men who self-refer, are referred by others or who are mandated to attend a program.
  • One or more men’s behaviour change groups through which they engage in processes and practices to take responsibility for their use of violent and controlling behaviour, and to change these behaviours. 
  • In some situations and when resources allow, additional individual work with some group participants. 
  • Work with partners and ex-partners to maximize their safety and to support their journeys of healing and empowerment.

Men’s behaviour change groups are for men who have been violent and controlling towards a current or previous partner and are now starting to think about change. Participants talk, share information, and challenge and support each other to be better men, partners, and fathers.

An important aspect of men’s behaviour change programs that are provided by No To Violence members is that they are accountable and responsive to the needs of women and children.

Read more information about men’s behaviour change programs at the Men’s Referral Service website.
* Jones, A. & Schechter, S. (1992). When Love Goes Wrong. Melbourne: HarperCollins

Danny Blay is the Manager of No To Violence and the Men’s Referral Service.

1 Comment»

  kateocallag wrote @

You are a good man Danny, God bless and I hope that you and your family have a safe and extremely rewarding trip. Looking forward to reading all about it.

PS – if you don’t take “The West Wing” series with you, can I borrow them? LOL!!!
Kate O’C.


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