Engaging with Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrators as Fathers

Dr Silke Meyer

Dr Silke Meyer is the Lecturer in the Postgraduate Programs (Certificate and Diploma in Domestic and Family Violence Practice), CQUniversity.

Punitive approaches to perpetrators of domestic and family violence often have little effect on sustainable behaviour change and interventions seem to be most successful where perpetrators are motivated to engage. Thus, it is important to identify motivating factors that can be used to encourage active engagement in behaviour change programs. This presentation is based on interviews with 21 perpetrators mandated to attend a behaviour change program as the result of breaching their Domestic Violence Order. Significant themes that emerged from the interviews were perpetrators’ desires to be a better father and role model and to maintain a relationship with their children. These findings suggest that ‘fatherhood identity’ may be an angle to consider when trying to engage abusive men in behaviour change programs.

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The language of accountability

Mark Walters, Mensline Coordinator with DVConnect

Mark has a long working history delivering behavioural change programs to a range of audiences with a variety of complex needs. He is a strong advocate for evidence based therapeutic interventions as a means of opening pathways to change. The webinar discusses engagement as the key determinant of change and the value of targeted and strategic language while working with perpetrators of violence.

The use of volunteers for complex client service delivery

Jo Bryant, CEO of Protecting All Children Today

During her 11 years with PACT Jo has implemented a range of mechanisms to sustain effective, highly trained Child Witness Support Volunteers who support vulnerable children and young people through the daunting court process.

Jo discusses targeted ways to attract, recruit, train and support Volunteers who provide direct client service delivery to victims and witnesses of sexual assault and domestic violence.

How to hear me: Supporting people with intellectual disabilities who have experienced violence

Gillian O’Brien, Community Education and Training Worker, WWILD

Myth busting domestic and family violence and Muslim societies

Dr Nada Ibrahim, Senior Researcher, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

Dr Ibrahim’s expertise is in intimate partner violence in the Australian Muslim community. Nada has worked with organisations such as the Islamic Women’s Association Qld and Islamic College of Brisbane to improve their responses to domestic violence and mental health.

Nada’s presentation covers:

  • What is shariah?
  • Islamic marriage etiquette: what is it?
  • Domestic and family violence: Islamic legal considerations
  • How do perpetrators misinterpret Islamic texts to justify abuse?
  • Case study

Unintended pregnancy and violence: relationships, options and practice

Children by Choice Coordinator Amanda Bradley

Amanda is a public health leader who has worked across the not for profit and government sectors in both health and education. She has a passion for women’s health issues and a personal interest in mental well-being.

During this presentation, Amanda explores:

  • The intersection between reproductive coercion and violence
  • Violence and pregnancy: what are women’s options?
  • Blueprint for Access : supporting women who choose termination of pregnancy
  • Children by Choice support service
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