Talking about Men and Family Violence? It’s about time!

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On the 14th & 15th February 2017, the National Working with Men to Tackle Family Violence conference will create an agenda for action on how to tackle male family violence in Australia.

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No To Violence, incorporating the Men’s Referral Service, has joined Criterion to foster opportunity for positive change – because we believe it’s about time.

Let’s look at the facts…

  • Both women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men, with around 95% of all victims of violence in Australia reporting a male perpetrator.
  • While men are more likely to experience violence by other men in public places, women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home.
  • The overwhelming majority of acts of domestic violence and sexual assault are perpetrated by men against women.

–      Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013) Personal Safety, Australia 2012

This national conference brings together leading experts in the field and will examine changes required to PREVENT family violence for future generations. It will showcase the most successful intervention strategies and will examine best practice in the field of behaviour change.

It’s time to get serious

We will ask the hard questions. Do behaviour change programs work and how can we be sure? What else is needed to both monitor men and reduce the risk to women, children and communities? How do we build effective support systems to encourage a change in attitude and behaviour?

The conference will create a space for practitioners to reflect on where the work with men is up to.  Are the ideas that gave birth to the behaviour change work of the last few decades still relevant? Are there gaps in our thinking? What needs to change?

Panelists from across the country will create a national conversation – providing solutions for what needs to happen in the space of work with men and boys in every state and territory.

The national forum will inform where we are at in NSW when holding perpetrators of family violence accountable for their behaviour, at all levels of intervention – community, whole of government, the justice system and beyond. It will provide the opportunity to reflect on where things are across the whole of Australia.

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If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, call the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line, 1800-RESPECT (1800 737 732). In an emergency, call 000.
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No To Violence, incorporating the Men’s Referral Service (NTV/MRS), has over 100 members many of whom deliver Men’s Behaviour Change programs in Victoria. NTV/MRS oversees the standards for MBCP’s in Victoria and has influenced standards in SW, NT and beyond. NTV/MRS also provides a confidential telephone service to men in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.  The No to Violence Men’s Referral Service number is: 1300 766 491.

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Submitted by Jacqui Watt

Jacqui Watt

Jacqui Watt took up her role as CEO of NTV/MRS in February 2015. Previous work experience includes being CEO of two peak bodies advocating for Community Housing – one in Scotland and one in Victoria – and a year as Director of Client Services at Anglicare. Jacqui has experience in the fields of alcohol and drugs, mental health, disability and social housing gained over the last 30 years.

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