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Start today again - Working with violent fathers

Winter, R ORCID: 0000-0001-9390-7856, Frey, R, McCrae, D, Lucas, P, Kuilenburg, C and Walsh, K ORCID: 0000-0002-6314-7443 2018 , 'Start today again - Working with violent fathers', paper presented at the STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia, 3-5 December 2018, Gold Coast.

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Abstract

Family violence persists as a ‘wicked’ problem that continues to seriously impact themental and physical health of victims despite a significant increase in attention andintervention. For children, growing up in a violent household is associated with a myriad ofnegative neurological, behavioural and emotional outcomes including future perpetration andvictimisation. These impacts are not well understood at the community level, particularly amongmen. What is recognised however is the breakdown of the relationship between the father whouses violence and his children and the desire to repair this relationship is often stated as amotivation for behaviour change. This paper provides an overview of an innovative approach toperpetrator education and support developed in Tasmania through a partnership between theUniversity Schools of Health Sciences and Social Sciences and The Salvation Army. Theresearch team, comprising academics and practitioners in mental health, social policy, familyviolence, primary health and prison support, have developed a program which comprises aflexible suite of presentations, resources and a manualised education package that builds on ananalysis of challenges faced by existing perpetrator and men’s behaviour changeprograms. Incorporating a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach Start Today Againfocuses on improving relationships between fathers and children to ignite and sustain thecatalyst for behaviour change. Previous research by the authors recommended that educational tools for men should be multi-faceted, diverse, flexible, and evidence-based and be able to bedelivered in multiple contexts. Start Today Again is a program that value-adds innovations intreatment and adult learning to the research base on family violence and can be used tocomplement behaviour change work with fathers who have used violence, as well as educatingsector workers and the broader community about the impact of family violence on children.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Winter, R and Frey, R and McCrae, D and Lucas, P and Kuilenburg, C and Walsh, K
Keywords: training, family violence, children
Publisher: Stop Domestic Violence Conference
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