No to Violence commissioned research in 2016 to find out what was happening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in relation to working with male perpetrators of family violence. The research revealed that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities had established a range of men’s groups with a focus on addressing family violence and other harmful behaviours.
No to Violence partnered with KWY, an Adelaide based Aboriginal family violence service, to co-host the Working with Aboriginal Men and Family Violence conference as a means to showcasing the work being done with men in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The program for the conference was developed to demonstrate the diversity of work being done in communities, as well as present relevant research being undertaken by Aboriginal researchers. The program also presented a diversity of men’s and women’s voices, as well as a geographical diversity with speakers from Cape York, Broome, Alice Springs, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney representing their communities.