Men who use violence

For more information and resources about working with men who use violence, visit the No To Violence website.

Resources for practitioners

Fathers who use violence: Options for safe practice where there is ongoing contact with children

This paper explores the controversial issue of intervening in families where fathers who use violence continue to live with the family, or continue to have extensive contact with children. Domestic and family violence (DFV) remains a chronic and destructive aspect of family life in Australia. Its pervasive reach into the lives of women and children creates fear, undermines health and wellbeing, is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children, and costs the community an estimated $21.6 billion.

This paper is focused on fathers who use violence, and outlines the options for safe practice that engage and address issues for children, women and men who continue to live with DFV. Access Fathers who use violence: Options for safe practice where there is ongoing contact with children.

— Men’s Behaviour Change Group Work: Minimum Standards and Quality Practice Manual

A DHHS and No To Violence guide.

— Opportunities for early intervention: bringing perpetrators of family violence into view

The RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice report lists a range of recommendations highlighting ways the justice system can interrupt the cycle of family violence to make perpetrators more visible.

— National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions

The National Outcome Standards were endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Resources for men who use violence

— Men’s Family Violence Help Cards

This business card-sized resource concertinas out to nine double-sided pages filled with information to help men who use violence against their partners and families to seek help.

— Men Think Safe Act Safe

This easy English book was developed by the Southern Melbourne Integrated Family Violence Partnership (IFVP) to provide information for men who use violence. Southern Melbourne IFVP would like to acknowledgethese contributors.

Integration case studies

— Kildonan UnitingCare Family Violence Intervention Program — Men’s Behaviour Change