The Federation Press

Domestic Violence - Working with Men

Research, practice experiences and integrated responses


Surveys suggest that around one third of all adult women will at some point in their life experience abuse perpetrated by an intimate male partner. In recent years a number of 'integrated responses' to domestic violence have been developed which are coordinated, appropriate, consistent responses aimed at enhancing victim safety, reducing secondary victimisation and holding abusers accountable for their violence. An increasingly important part of integrated responses is the delivery of interventions for male perpetrators of violence.

In this book contributions come from those working with victims of domestic violence, from within the criminal justice system and integrated response programs. They describe and discuss the provision of programs and services that are designed to reduce the risk of domestic violence amongst known perpetrators. Outcome data, theoretical and clinical issues relevant to program delivery are discussed in detail.

Domestic Violence – Working With Men provides a timely resource in the development of programs and services to reduce the risk of known perpetrators committing further acts of violence towards women.

Table of Contents

Andrew Day

Part I: Context
Integrated Response to Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: Good Practice Directions
Donna Chung and Patrick O’Leary
The Gold Coast Domestic Violence Integrated Response to Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: Political Activism in Practice
Donna Justo
What’s in it for the Women?
Donna Justo, Di Lucas, Joan Salizzo, and Lesley McCartney

Part II: System Responses
Progress and Challenges in the Development of Police Responses to Domestic Violence: The Project SAFER Experience
Patrick O’Leary and Laura Bahnisch
Specialist Domestic and Family Violence Courts
Annette Hennessy
The Probation and Parole Perspective
Rosemary O’Malley

Part III: Broader Practice Approaches
The Gold Coast Domestic Violence Male Offender Education and Intervention Program for Male Perpetrators
Susan Moore
Working with Men who have used Violence in a Group Setting: Some Connections of Theory and Practice
Tony Fletcher
Incubated in Terror, Growing up to Terrorise; Implications for Domestic Violence Group Work Interventions
Maggie Woodhead

Part IV: Research
Integration in Practice: A Series of Case Studies
Donna Chung, Patrick O’Leary, Donna Justo and Di Lucas
The Characteristics of Men who Participate in the Gold Coast Domestic Violence Program
Adam Gerace and Andrew Day
Resistant or Ready? The Challenges of Male Readiness for Offender Programs
Patrick O’Leary, Andrew Day, Gary Foster and Donna Chung
Have Male Offenders Changed? Men’s Perspectives and Experiences at the End of the Program
Andrew Day, Patrick O’Leary, Gary Foster, Laura Bahnisch, and Adam Gerace
Have Male Offenders Changed? Women’s Experiences of Safety and Accountability at the End of the Program
Donna Chung, Di Lucas, and Donna Justo

Part V: Commentary
Debates, Dilemmas and Intentions in the Ongoing Development of the Integrated Responses to Domestic Violence
Andrew Day, Donna Chung, Patrick O’Leary, and Ed Carson
The Role of the Facilitator
Andrew Day and Ed Carson
Courage, Hope and Resilience: Aspirations for the Future
Andrew Day, Patrick O’Leary, Donna Chung, and Donna Justo

Appendix: Data on Men’s Change – Conflict Tactics Scale

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