Engaging men who perpetrate domestic and family violence in the alcohol and other drugs treatment context

Launching a new resource
Effective, integrated treatment for AOD issues needs to include support for clients to develop healthy relationships. The use of domestic and family violence DFV severely harms the potential for healthy relationships, including for the perpetrator. This resource aims to support AOD practitioners to work safely and effectively with clients who perpetrate DFV and to become familiar with suitable pathways for specialist support. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to addressing behaviour change with people who perpetrate DFV, as it is acknowledged that this is a specialist area of work.

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While DFV comes in many forms and can be used and experienced by any gender, research has shown that men are by far the most common perpetrators of DFV, and cause the most harm. This resource therefore focuses on engaging adult male clients who perpetrate DFV.

What’s in this resource?
The resource is spread over nine sections and provides starting points on how to:

  • have safe and non-collusive conversations with clients who cause DFV
  • minimise collusion with the attitudes, belief systems and narratives that perpetrators adopt to justify and give themselves permission to use DFV
  • discuss referrals to appropriate, specialised DFV services

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