Standards and guidelines

No To Violence’s minimum standards and good practice guidelines are published  Men’s Behaviour Change Group Work: A Manual for Quality Practice.

To order the manual, go to our publications page. Summaries of the manual’s sections are published below.

Introduction to the manual provides readers with the background to NTV and the Men’s Referral Service. It also defines some of the terminology used in the manual.

Introduction to the minimum standards outlines the case for minimum standards, who is responsible for implementing them, and a brief overview of the process involved in developing them.

Understanding male family violence defines what is meant by the term male family violence. It summarises NTV’s understandings of male family violence and looks at some common beliefs about it.

Effects of male family violence looks at how men’s use of violent and controlling behaviours impacts on women, children and parenting.

Responding to male family violence places men’s behaviour change in the context of broader community responses to male family violence and talks about working with men for change. It provides a basic rationale for men’s behaviour change group work and talks about some common experiences that women and men have of men’s behaviour change programs.

Provider requirements looks at the capacities and resources that providers need if they are to provide men’s behaviour change programs that do not have the effect of further jeopardising the safety of women and children.

Staffing men’s behaviour change programs provides an overview of the staffing considerations of men’s behaviour change programs, including staff roles and qualifications, the number and gender of staff required, and the involvement of men as peers or mentors.

Program planning considers some of planning components of program delivery, including how providers position themselves theoretically, the importance of partnerships and networking, ways that men’s behaviour change programs may be structured, and the core messages and skills that providers must communicate in group work.

Access and participation focuses on ways to market men’s behaviour change, eligibility requirements, intake and assessment processes, contracts for men, and group rights and responsibilities. It also discusses ways that men’s behaviour change programs should be inclusive, with information, ideas and minimum standards about accountability to Indigenous people, working in a context of cultural and linguistic diversity and challenging homophobia.

Administration provides guidelines and suggestions about a range of matters including record keeping, confidentiality and reporting. It also discusses processes for when a man leaves a program.

Accountability to family members looks at some of the practices for accountability to women and children, individually and collectively. It includes ideas for bringing women’s and children’s voices into the men’s behaviour change process.

Safety provides information and suggestions on practices that help to keep people safe, assessing and responding to threats to safety, responding to illegal acts of violent and controlling behaviours, responding to breaches of court orders, and on staff wellbeing and safety.

Practice and program delivery discusses the need to prevent the collusion and condoning of violence and misogyny. It offers suggestions and minimum standards on reflective practice, observation, debriefing and supervision.

Monitoring and evaluation looks at some of the dilemmas of measuring and evaluating men’s behaviour change work, and includes minimum standards regarding evaluation of program delivery and assessment of individual men.

Find out more about NTV’s practice standards. Also, you can view a summaries of the minimum standards and good practice guidelines.

To order the Men’s Behaviour Change Group Work: A Manual for Quality Practice, go to our publications page.