Engaging men's responses to family violence


Cost: $30.00 (includes postage in Australia and GST)

Effective early intervention is critical in stopping low and moderate-risk cases of family violence escalating into high-risk situations. This book focuses on how community, health and welfare counsellors and other workers, and practicing psychologists, can better engage with men to increase their motivation to access further support to address family violence issues. The first section explores a practice framework that unites the use of feminist, strengths-based and psychological tools. The second section provides ten tools that have proved effective in involving men in deep, structured discussions that can overcome their resistance to confronting attitudes and behaviours that stand in the way of them achieving positive, sustainable change. At all times, safety is a core focus: the safety of the person experiencing the violence, children who may also be exposed to violence, the intervening worker or practitioner (you), and the person who uses the violence. In short, this book aims to promote safer relationships through insight.

Andrew King (BA Wel Stu; MAEd) is the Practice Specialist, Groupwork, and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia, NSW. He is a specialist trainer who has worked with professionals in Australia, Asia and Canada, and published a range of professional articles. He has also coordinated a large fathers' centre, worked in parenting education, and dealt directly with many cases spanning family violence issues, young people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems, and families with special-needs children.


"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Hundreds of men attend these programs across Australia on any given evening, and yet this work is largely unknown. This book provides a window through which the reader can see this work, it’s potential, and how best to talk about and change this complex social issue more broadly". Dr. Rebecca Gray - Head of Research and Evaluation, Relationships Australia, NSW

"If you work in the field of family work and domestic violence, this is a must read. It covers all aspects of the topic and gives many helpful techniques and tips. He informs and challenges the reader and includes many helpful multisensory tools and intervention step". Ed Jacobs, PhD Associate Professor at West Virginia University and founder of Impact Therapy


2017 Published by Groupwork Solutions
Printed in Australia
ISBN 978-0-6480015-0-8 (Paperback)
120 Pages





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