Victorian Aboriginal Men’s Programs Literature Review
This literature review provides a brief overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s services aimed at addressing the behaviors that lead to family violence. In doing so, it also provides an explanation of the meaning of social and emotional wellbeing, to help establish an understanding of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities think about wellness and what conditions are required for individuals and communities to thrive. By providing a brief overview of what constitutes social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the review will also seek to identify how culture informs approaches to Aboriginal men’s behavior change programs. The review will then present some examples of Indigenous men’s programs, which focus on healing and cultural strengthening as a means, inter alia , to address family violence. This is then followed by a discussion of the challenges in evaluating Aboriginal programs, including the challenges in collecting relevant data to support successful outcomes. These challenges have resulted in a paucity of reliable evaluations of Aboriginal men’s programs, but nonetheless, the review will provide examples of outcomes from evaluations that have been undertaken of existing Aboriginal men’s family violence programs.
Online programs for men who use family violence
The following position statement explores the complexities of translating MBCP practice from in-person to online delivery. The paper explores the fundamentals of MBCP practice and the inherent challenges in translating programs to an online platform. While some supplementary interventions to MBCP have been developed, it remains unclear how a MBCP itself can be translated to an online setting. The statement concludes by recommending that current online interventions not be used as a substitute for in-person MBCP due to a number of programmatic, delivery and safety concerns, and should instead only be used to complement in-person MBCP.
Fathering programs for men who use family violence
No to Violence (NTV) believes that fathering programs for men who use family violence have a key role to play in supporting men to fulfil their role as a non-abusive father and parent, to increase women and children’s safety and to support men to have respectful relationships with their partner/ex-partner.