In Australia, the majority of perpetrators of intimate partner violence are men.
However, men play a key role in changing this narrative and in ending family violence.
The Working with Men to End Family Violence conference will focus on how we can engage men who use violence in evidence-based interventions to bring about change and break the cycle of abuse, power and control. Together, we will examine how we can strengthen the web of accountability of perpetrators to keep women and children safe. You will learn how to practice responses to men who use domestic and family violence are being strengthened through a whole of community, integrated approach. Building on this agenda for change, you will walk away with new approaches and an enhanced understanding on how to engage with men in a non-collusive way and how to invite them to begin the change process, while supporting women and children towards a life of freedom from abuse. To drive this change, we invite you to join practitioners and senior leaders from Australia and internationally who will build on current and emerging approaches for engaging with men who use violence.
What’s new this year?
- Three new keynote speakers - Hear from Jess Hill - Our Watch award winning Investigative Journalist, Alan Jenkins - an expert practitioner and Author on the ethical engagement with men who use violence and abuse, and Alessandra Pauncz PhD - an international Psychologist and Head of Working with Perpetrators European Network
- A more interactive program - Giving you the opportunity to share, discuss and attend workshops
- New panel discussions on unpacking the integration of MBC with AOD, mental health and housing and risk assessment
- A spotlight on programs from the second round of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund • A session looking specifically at community trauma and family violence after disasters
- New presentations examining impact evaluation in MBCP, Risk Needs Response models, narrative invitational approaches to working with men, intersectional responses to violence and strategies to enhance service system integration and improve perpetrator accountability
Who will attend?
Representatives of the Community, Government, Police and Justice sectors with responsibility for:
- Family/Domestic Violence
- Men’s Behaviour Change
- Children/Child Protection
- Violence Prevention
- Mental Health
- Drug and Alcohol
If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence call the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. In an emergency, call 000
Benefits of attending
- Build workforce capacity & enhance collaborative practice through better service integration
- Use emerging evidence to inform practice interventions in men’s behaviour change programs
- Target interventions for perpetrators using risk needs response models
- Improve the integration of MBC with mental health & housing
- Discuss strategies to better address & manage vicarious trauma in the workforce
Unpack current & emerging ways we can support victims & reach perpetrators during isolation in response to COVID-19
- KEYNOTE: Becoming responsive: Ethical pathways to accountability in domestic abuse
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancing integrated service responses to protect victims & hold perpetrators to account
- USING RISK NEEDS RESPONSE MODELS
- INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: The IMPACT Outcome Monitoring Toolkit: Improving practice through research & outcome monitoring
Our Watch & Walkley Award Winner
Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has written and researched domestic abuse since 2014.
Before that, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. Jess was listed in Foreign Policy’s top 100 women to follow on Twitter. She was named one of the 30 most influential people under 30 by Cosmopolitan magazine (two publications rarely listed in the same sentence).
She has won two Walkley awards. Has received an Amnesty International award. And is the recipient of three Our Watch awards.
Her debut book was the first to chart the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. See What You Made Me Do is in stores now.
European Network for Work with Perpetrators
No to Violence
NADA Counselling & Consulting
Alan has worked in a range of multi-undisciplinary teams addressing violence and abusive behaviour for more than 30 years. Rather than tire from this work, he has become increasingly intrigued with possibilities for the discovery of ethical, respectful and accountable ways of relating. The valuing of ethics, fairness and the importance of protest against injustice has led him to stray considerably from the path prescribed in his early training as a psychologist, towards a political analysis of abuse.
Alan’s most recent publication is ‘Becoming Ethical : A Parallel Political Journey With Men Who Have Abused,’ published in 2009. He is currently a director of Nada, an independent service that provides intervention in family abuse, violence and workplace harassment. He manages the Mary St. Program for young people who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviour, along with their caregivers and communities.
What People Are Saying
“Thank you for a great conference, showcasing a fantastic line-up of new and innovative projects and the calibre of speakers was really exceptional. It was truly inspirational and great energy in the room throughout the conference.”Counselling Services Lead, Anglicare Australia & Working with Men to End Family Violence conference attendee, 2019
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