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News, views and updates

Media reporting: make it real
Debate about family violence prevention and the effectiveness of programs for perpetrators is timely. However Martin McKenzie-Murray’s recent Saturday Paper story fails to cover the territory adequately and demonstrates that one-sided discourse is no substitute for an analysis of the facts and fair evaluation of the arguments. Find out more.

Further evidence of the long-term effectiveness of DV perpetrator programs
Two domestic violence interventions were delivered by the National Probation Service in the UK: both showed a reduction in domestic violence and re-offending behaviours in the two-year follow up period. Find out more.

NTV/MRS e-news
Each month we publish a list of links to information, stories, articles, analysis and commentary about family violence issues published in the Australian and overseas media across the last four weeks. Read the latest edition online.

Graduate Certificate in Social Science – Male Family Violence
No To Violence and Swinburne University of Technology will be offering the Graduate Certificate in Social Science: Male Family Violence in 2016. Starting on Wednesday
March 2, the course will be held in the Melbourne CBD. Find out more about the course and download an information/application pack (PDF or Word). Places are filling fast, so please apply soon.

The reality of family violence
Kirk, a Men’s Referral Service Telephone Referral Worker, responds to recent comments
about family violence by former federal Labor Party leader Mark Latham.
Read Kirk’s contribution to the debate.

Royal Commission into Family Violence
No To Violence has sent its submission to the Royal Commission in Family Violence.
Read the submission.

Family violence and LGBTIQ communities
No To Violence and Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre joint submission.
Read the submission.

Homophobia, transphobia and men’s behaviour change work
The study of intersections between forms of oppression, domination and discrimination related to gender violence and homophobia and transphobia. Kylie Lloyd for No To Violence. Read the full paper.

Royal Commission into Family Violence submissions
The Victoria Magistrates’ Court Family Violence Taskforce has submitted its recommendations to the Royal Commission. No To Violence/Men’s Referral Service is a member of the taskforce. Read the submission.
Also, read the OurWatch submission Getting serious about change and the No More Deaths Alliance principles framework for family violence system reforms.
NTV/MRS is a member of OurWatch and the No More Deaths Alliance.

Men’s behaviour change programs: minimum specifications
This paper, prepared by NTV’s Rodney Vlais for the Victorian Chief Magistrate’s Taskforce into Family Violence, addresses the key areas of referrer oversight and feedback, program length and intensity, individual case planning, partner support, children’s needs, and program evaluation. It concludes with a program costing and accreditation summary. Download the paper (PDF).

Catch up on back issues of NTV Voice and NTV Notes/MRS MouthPeace.

Opportunities for early intervention: bringing perpetrators of family violence into view
A thorough review of Australian and international innovation in work with family and domestic violence perpetrators through the justice system. “Until we adjust the lens and bring those who use violence and coercion more clearly into view − until we intervene at the source of the problem − the cycle of this violence will simply roll on”. Published by the RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice. Download the full report.

Men’s behaviour change program cost analysis
NTV has completed a detailed cost analysis to guide governments in funding this work. Download the report.

Further evidence of MBCP effectiveness
A recently released Western Australian evaluation of court-related men’s behaviour change programs showed significant effectiveness in reducing recidivism amongst family violence offenders. Read the evaluation report and this No To Violence comment.

Strong evidence of MBCP effectiveness
Findings from a landmark UK study show very strong evidence for the effectiveness of accredited domestic violence perpetrator programs. Download the final report, visit the Project Mirabal website and read our views on the relevance to Australia.

Call to action for MBCP managers
The Australian Research Council Linkage project Fathering Challenges is researching programs that work with men who are violent and programs working with men who are fathers. No To Violence is a partner in this project and researchers are now contacting program managers for interviews. Information gathered will build baseline knowledge about how programs deal with the dual issues of violence and fathering. NTV urges members who are contacted by the research team to participate in interviews.

NTV views on the One-in-Three campaign
No To Violence has responded to a question taken on notice about male victims at the November 5, 2014 hearing of the Senate Committee inquiry into Domestic Violence.
Read the full NTV response.

Ten challenges and opportunities for domestic violence perpetrator program work
This paper by NTV’s Rodney Vlais examines the pressing challenges and opportunities facing domestic violence perpetrator programs in the current Australian context. While these programs and the service systems in which they are embedded continually evolve, currently there are significant transition points which are both subtle and profound.
Read the paper.

I work as a men’s behavioural change practitioner
The men we deal with come from a variety of backgrounds… their levels of entitlement might be different, but ultimately they all feel some level of it.
Find out more on the Daily Life website.
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NTV Resources
Elements of DV perpetrator program work
An NTV article on weaving education, therapy, accountability, support, and solidarity/struggle for victim-survivor rights in this work. Read more.

Online resource library
Stemming from the No To Violence Conference (2012), NTV has published an extensive suite of downloadable practice and policy resources categorised across twelve themes. This online resources library continues to be updated regularly as new resources come to hand. Join the updates alert list to be notified when new resources are published.

Towards safe families: A practice guide for men’s domestic violence
behaviour change programs
No To Violence (NTV) and Red Tree Consulting have written a comprehensive practice guide for the New South Wales government on planning and delivering men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs). It provides an up-to-date account of acceptable and optimal practice in conducting this work. Download the practice guide and supporting documents from the NSW Department of Justice website.

Managing waiting lists
As the gap between demand and capacity continues to widen, waiting lists are becoming a fact of life in Men’s Behaviour Change Program service delivery in Victoria. Read more.

More NTV resources

What Men Can Do is a website about how men can respond to and prevent men’s violence against women. It is for those who want to be more active in opposing men’s violence against women and children, men such as White Ribbon Day ambassadors and other male allies. By working through each section, you can listen, learn and understand, then reflect before moving on to act.

No To Violence publishes What Men Can Do and updates it regularly. You can receive email alerts about new content by subscribing to the NTV-MRS Newslinks Update.

Telephone Counselling
If you would like information and help from a telephone counsellor, please contact the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491. Find out more about how the service can
assist you.