The Men’s Behaviour Change Network NSW was formed in 2013 following the introduction of the NSW Minimum Standards for Men’s Domestic Violence Behaviour Change Programs in 2012. The Network is made up of all registered men’s behaviour change providers and their practitioners and provides an opportunity for discussions that continually reflect on our practice and the socio-political context of our work.
The Network has proactively engaged in sector development, and is committed to best practice in supporting those affected by family and domestic violence and providing opportunities for men to examine and end their use of domestic and family violence.
In 2017, Women NSW funded No to Violence to:
· provide sector development to the men’s domestic and family violence sector in NSW; and
· To act as secretariat to, and advocate on behalf of, the Network.
The Network meets every two months to discuss strategic priorities, the latest sector news, and engage in professional development. The Network meeting is open to anyone who is interested in male family violence interventions, please contact the Secretariat for more information on the next meeting.
The current Co-Chairs of the Network are Luke Addinsall (Men & Family Centre) and Bernadette Carroll (Relationships Australia Canberra & NSW Regions).
For an updated list of currently registered men’s behaviour change programs in NSW, please visit here.
New South Wales Risk, Safety and Support Framework (RSSF)
The Risk, Safety and Support Framework: a guide for responding to men who use domestic and family violence (‘the RSSF’) is a suite of resources for practitioners working in the specialist male family violence interventions sector.
The RSSF is designed to increase the safety of adult and children victim-survivors by establishing a shared understanding of domestic and family violence risk across the system, and a common approach to identifying and responding to domestic and family violence risk, through collaboration and shared responsibility.
RSSF Part 1: Foundations and key concepts for effective practice – this resource outlines the evidence base and fundamental concepts that underpin any practice with men who use domestic and family violence.
RSSF Part 2: Practice Guidance – this resource provides detailed practice guidance for the range of ‘interventions’ or actions that practitioners can take when engaging with people who use domestic and family violence. For specialist male family violence intervention providers, the Practice Guidance includes detail on structured risk assessment and risk management.
RSSF Part 3: Risk assessment tools and companion documents – comprises two risk assessment tools to be used by specialist male family violence intervention providers. The risk assessment tools, accompanied by a range of program companion documents, supports structured professional judgement in assessing and managing the risk that users of domestic and family violence pose, drawing together all relevant information and prioritising the safety and wellbeing of adult and child victim-survivors.
As the risk assessment tools and companion resources are for use by practitioners in MBCPs, they are not available publicly alongside the Foundations and key concepts for effective practice and Practice guidance.
For more information on the tools contact No to Violence at firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Men’s Behaviour Change Network
NSW practice guide, standards and compliance framework for men’s domestic violence behaviour change programs
A suite of resources for New South Wales practitioners that work with men who use violence, as well as other resources from across Australia, is available in the Resources page.