In Australia, the majority of acts of domestic and family violence are perpetrated by men against women.
Men play a key part in changing this narrative and in ending family violence. While there is much being done in prevention and intervention, there is still a lot of work to do.
The Australasian Working Together to End Men’s Family Violence Conference will look at how we can strengthen our practice approaches to men who use domestic and family violence through a whole of community approach.
As part of this agenda for change, the conference will focus on how we can work together to build a non-collusive, collaborative practice framework to engage men who use violence and invite them to begin the change process, while supporting women and children towards a life of freedom from abuse and an atmosphere that sustains recovery.
Join local and international practitioners to discuss current and emerging ways for engaging with men who use violence, while supporting the safety and freedom of affected partners, children and families.
Key benefits of attending:
- Learn how Australia and Pacific countries are responding to male family violence as a system
- Hear about new case studies, trials and programs in men’s behaviour change
- Unpack interventions for fathers, adolescent, Aboriginal, Maori, CALD & LGBTQI people who use violence
- Understand the work being done in primary prevention
- Improve collaboration and integration between services
- Get insight on the latest research and findings in men’s behaviour change
Who will attend?
Representatives of the Government, Community, Police and Justice sectors with responsibility for:
- Family/Domestic Violence
- Men’s Behaviour Change
- Children/Child Protection
- Violence Prevention
- Mental Health
- Drug and Alcohol
Free Pass Application Criterion is delighted to offer a select number of free passes to representatives of small NGOs and interested individuals who may not otherwise be able to pay to attend. To apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend to learn:
- Improve collaboration to inform & shape better practice
- Examine & implement evidence-based practice responses for working with men who use violence
- Strengthen integrated practice responses to support early intervention
No To Violence
Anti-Discrimination Commission, Northern Territory
Living in Darwin, Desmond spent most of his life growing up in Katherine in the Northern Territory. He is a descendant of the Nglakan people of Ngukurr in south east Arnhem Land and Gurindji people of Kalkarindji. Growing up in a small town, Desmond recounts his exposure to domestic and family violence and the effects this had on his relationships and his career working in the domestic violence sector.
In Darwin Desmond has worked mostly within the public sector in community based program delivery, specifically around domestic violence education and awareness and working with perpetrators of domestic and family violence but also men in the community who would like to be trained in breaking cycles of violence in his community. Outside of this role, Desmond works as a Safer in the Home Safety Assessment Officer for the Northern Territory. Providing safety home upgrades to victims/survivors of domestic and family violence. Desmond is also the Chairperson of the NT’s Youth Minister Youth Justice Advisory Council, providing advice and support to the Minister on young people within the justice system with some lens focus on domestic and family violence exposure to the young people.
More recently Desmond is currently working on a Gender Equity strategy for the NT Attorney-General and Justice Department. Desmond provides a journey from a child exposed to domestic and family violence to how this shaped his intimate relationships to working in the domestic and family violence space and being a strong advocate for Aboriginal men to be part of the important conversations to breaking the cycle of violence.
Oxfam Papua New Guinea
Diane Anton is the Oxfam in Papua new Guinea Outreach Officer for the Gender Justice Program. Diane has a background in communication for social development specialising in community based GBV prevention.
Diane has been working with Oxfam for 4 years and in the role of outreach officer she supports the GBV prevention work including the Community Healing and Rebuilding Program. She supports the local partner organisations in rolling out the program in the local communities of Papua New Guinea
What People Are Saying
“What an inspiring 2 days. A wonderful group of presenters who were knowledgeable, highly experienced, passionate and engaging.”SDN Children’s Services, Working with Men to End Family Violence Conference attendee, 2018
“I have been able to connect with those across the nation to understand how to improve in enhancing our MBC program and growth to connect and engage greater volume of perpetrators whilst keeping our women and children safe”Coordinator, Outcare, Working with Men to End Family Violence Conference attendee, 2018
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No To Violence
No to Violence works to bring about the changes our community needs to eliminate men’s use of family violence. For 25 years, we have been working directly with men who use family violence to support them to change. Our expertise in their beliefs, attitudes, behaviour and choices has enabled us to develop standards, programs and training, lead policy development, and fulfil our role as the largest peak body in Australia for organisations and individuals working with men to end family violence. As a pro-feminist organisation, the safety of women and children is at the centre of everything we do. It is by ending men’s violence that families can have happier, safer and more fulfilled lives.