While there is no single definition, the central element of domestic violence (which includes – physical, verbal, emotional and financial abuse) is an ongoing pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling a partner through fear – for example, by using behaviour which is violent and threatening. In most cases, the violent behaviour is part of a range of tactics to exercise power and control over women and their children and can be both criminal and non-criminal (COAG National Plan 2010).
On 21 November 2016, we hosted Call Me Dad screening event, to raise awareness regarding domestic violence and motivations that might be able to change men’s violent behaviour. The highlights of hosting are many, but for Relationships Australia NSW, the following are some of the key highlights of this event:
- The opportunity to be able to screen an impactful and confronting film to an audience of 150+ people
- Having Dr Michael Kaufman (co-founder White Ribbon) at our event
- The panel discussion with a Jerry Retford (participant of our Taking Responsibility course) alongside Relationships Australia NSW experts Elisabeth Shaw, Andrew King and Susan Elvery from Relationships Australia NSW and Sophie Wiesner -Director, Call Me Dad
- The opportunity to take our joint message to the media including Channel 10’s Studio 10 program on White Ribbon Day (watch video below)
Joint Message to Channel 10’s Studio 10 program
Relationship Australia NSW’s Taking Responsibility and Women and Choice program might assist participants trying to change their behavioural and personality traits. We are a judgement-free and inclusive relationship support service that respects who you are and your unique situation – regardless of beliefs, culture, family structure, gender or sexual orientation.
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