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Using Violence

Man asking himself, what is violence
What is violence?

How do we define domestic violence? Let’s define domestic violence. We view violence towards partners – whether they live together or not – as domestic violence. When children or other family members are involved we refer to this as family violence. Any violence towards a spouse is inevitably going to affect children.   Violence can...

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Taking responsibility

It’s hard to face up to your own actions. You might want to deny responsibility for your behaviour. Blaming your partner is the most common way to do this. You think they need to change – to stop or start doing something so you won’t be triggered You’d rather focus on their behaviour You minimise...

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Find a men’s behaviour change program

Changing for Good recognises men’s behaviour change programs can be an important starting point in the journey to respectful and violence-free relationships.   Find a program in your state Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia     Australian Capital Territory Relationships Australia Location: Deakin, ACT Phone:...

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Common excuses for violence

Below are some common excuses used when violence erupts in a relationship.   Partner blaming – “They made me do it” It’s very common for men who use violence and abuse in their relationship to blame their partner. They may say that they are subjected to very annoying behaviour and their partner riles them up or...

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Using Time Out

Time Out is a process of temporarily removing yourself physically from an anger-provoking situation in order to calm yourself before returning. Abuse is not always physical. The bottom line is that abuse is when someone else is scared of you, your behaviour or actions, or is afraid of what you might do when you are...

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What happens in a men’s behaviour change group

Violent behaviour in relationships rarely stops by itself. More commonly, there are many promises to stop, coupled with recurring and often escalating abuse. Change is possible but expert support is your best option for success. Men’s Behaviour Change Programs offer tools for developing better relationships. You will learn non-abusive behaviour so that you behave differently...


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