Anglicare family violence program will hold men 'accountable'

A new Anglican family violence program has received funding from the Victorian Government

By Stephen Cauchi

August 24 2018An Anglican family violence program designed to hold men accountable for violent behaviour has received funding from the Victorian Government.

Anglicare Victoria will deliver the A Better Way program with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency in the Bayside Peninsula region.

A Better Way will work with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families and will intervene in cases of violence, holding men accountable and supporting traumatised women and children.

The program is based on the innovative Safe and Together model from the US and will support families where the perpetrator still has contact with children.

A Better Way will work with families for four to six months. It is expected to work with about 50 men and support more than 150 women and children.

It will also refer families to other help such as alcohol and drug services, parenting courses or mental health support.

Anglicare Victoria chief executive Paul McDonald said the funding was a critical investment in keeping women and children safe.

Mr McDonald said the program would make it clear to men that violence is their choice and would have a devastating impact on children.

 “For too long our society has placed the responsibility for keeping children safe on women, and often labelled them as ‘failing to protect’ their children,’’ he said.

A Better Way will hold men to a higher standard, make it clear that they are responsible for being a good parent, for keeping their children safe and that their violent behaviour must stop.

 “It will also work with mums and kids to make sure they have the support they need.’’