MEN'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EDUCATION AND INTERVENTION PROGRAM
The Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc., in collaboration with Queensland Corrective Services and as part of the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Integrated Response, works with men to end their use of violence and abuse in their intimate personal relationships.
The program prioritises women’s and children’s safety and has incorporated safety as the foundation of the program. The Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast Inc. maintains regular and on-going contact with the female partners of participants and ensures that women are provided with on-going telephone contact, counselling appointments and information sessions. Men are required to attend a minimum of 24 weekly sessions.
The program is designed to help men stop their use of violence and abuse by:
Assisting the participant to understand his acts of violence as a means of controlling the victim’s actions, thoughts and feelings. This is done by examining the intent of his acts of abuse and the belief system from which he operates.
Increasing the participant’s willingness to change his actions by examining the negative effects of his behaviour on his relationship, his partner, his children, his friends and himself.
Increasing the participant's understanding of the causes of his violence by examining the cultural and social contexts in which he uses violence against his partner.
Providing the participant with practical information on how to change abusive behaviour by exploring non-controlling and non-violent ways of relating to women.
Encouraging the participant to become accountable to those he has hurt through his use of violence by encouraging him to acknowledge his abuse and accept responsibility for its impact on his partner and others.
Entry into the program is subject to the following criteria:
The Court makes an order for the man to attend the program if he has been convicted of a breach of a domestic violence protection order or for other domestic violence related criminal offences.
The program is a condition of a man’s parole.
- A respondent is referred to the program through being granted a Voluntary Intervention Order (VIO) through the civil process in a Domestic Violence Court. For a VIO to be granted there must be a current Domestic Violence Order against the respondent.
What Men Can Do ..... working to prevent men's violence against women
If you know someone who is experiencing violence, or if you are concerned about someone’s behaviour with regards to their partner or family, the No to Violence website (PH: 1300 766 491) suggests some appropriate ways you can support and respond to these family members, friends, colleagues or acquaintances.
As suggested on the website “supporting someone who is experiencing violence needs to be done carefully and sensitively to avoid making things worse. Turning a blind eye, however, can result in a missed opportunity to provide vital support and, in some situations, to prevent serious injury or even death”.
As well as identifying useful ways to intervene when you become aware someone is experiencing or perpetrating domestic abuse or violence, this site also has many suggestions about how you can become actively involved in ending violence against women and children.
10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence
This fact sheet provides suggestions on how to respond to the many safe respectful men who ask "What can I do to end violence against women?" It provides practical ideas such as how to avoid funding sexism and how to raise money for agencies who work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It also invites men to not remain silent when they hear other men being disrespectful or abusive to girls and women.
Learn about Phil Cleary's views on men's use of violence
Amongst other views expressed on his website, Mr Cleary encourages public discourse on how violence against women is treated in the media and in the Criminal Justice System. He is a strong advocate of the rights of women to be safe and of holding men who use violence against women accountable for their behaviour. He speaks from personal experience (the murder of his sister in 1987) when he states "We have to change an institutionalised prejudice against women in the Court and in society that is sending a terrible message to the community". Phil Cleary's Website
Watch actor Patrick Stewart speak about his experience of growing up witnessing domestic violence
This online video features Patrick Stewart speaking at an Amnesty International event on violence against women. He moves the public discourse on violence against women and children from an intellectual pursuit to the emotion realm and a heart connection. He speaks openly about what it was like growing up in his house and the terrifying violence he and his mother experienced at the hands of his father. He also speaks of his vulnerabilities as a man and how he too has been close to using violence. See more
From Violence to Coercive Control: Renaming Men's Abuse of Women
This 2011 report by Stephen Fisher for the White Ribbon Policy Research Series (No. 3) highlights the importance of language in naming the issue of what women and children experience in domestic violence relationships. This paper discusses how the seriousness of domestic violence is minimized by some of the language being used to describe this criminal behavior and ignores the gendered nature of these actions. It cautions against education programs "making the mistake of assuming that positive attitude change is the best sign of success" and provides an example of unintended consequences with one program participant stating "It is very helpful to talk about rape. Some men here have raped women. By talking about it, men won't feel bad about what they have done".