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There is support available for men who use violence to change their controlling and abusive behaviour.
Connecting with a service or participating in a behaviour change program can be an important starting point in the journey to respectful and violence-free relationships.
The Men’s Referral Service is a confidential support service for men who have been or are behaving abusively. It takes strength and courage to admit to using violence or control. This is the first step towards changing your behaviour and being the best man, partner, spouse or family member you can be.
The Men’s Referral Service can have a conversation with you, help you with some short-term tactics, and put you in touch with supports that can help you along your journey.
You can call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or chat online. https://ntv.org.au/get-help/getting-support/
Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCPs) are group-based programs that support men who have used abusive and controlling behaviours towards their partners or family members to change their behaviour and build healthy and respectful relationships.
MBCPs work with men to develop strategies and skills to help them be accountable for their actions, recognise their violent behaviour and work towards non-abusive relationships.
There are a number of ways that people enter into a men’s behaviour change program. Some men self-refer by contacting the Men’s Referral Service or MBCP provider directly, or are referred by a family violence service or healthcare professional. Stopping family violence is about a lot more than managing anger, which is why men who use violence are encouraged to participate in a men’s behaviour change group and not an anger management group.
After being referred to a program there is an intake and assessment process, which usually includes an interview with an experienced men’s behaviour change worker. In the interview, the worker will have a chat and explain the requirements for joining in the program and establish expectations around your participation and what you can get out of it. This interview will also help the worker assess any risks or safety issues relating to your participation in the program.
For more information and referral to a MBCP contact the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491, or contact the provider operating in your area.
ENGAGE is currently delivered in the following locations:
- Northern Region: Cessnock, Maitland and Newcastle
- Metro Region: Fairfield and Sydney CBD, Blacktown and Penrith
For more information and the eligibility criteria see our ENGAGE website
07 Nov 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.