One of the primary purposes of this research project is to fill a knowledge gap around guidelines for working with men who use violence and who either are now, or may in the future be in fathering roles.
Professor Leah Bromfield (University of South Australia) and Damian Green (Curtin University) have started drafting guidelines for the next phase of our work. They will be drawing from:
- the data collected across our project;
- draft guidelines developed in collaboration with Associate Professor Katreena Scott (Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention)
The working draft is available here:
Katreena leads an applied research program aimed at reducing violence in family relationships, with specific expertise is addressing violence perpetration in men and fathers. Dr. Scott is recognized internationally for her intervention work with abusive fathers and nationally for her research on effective interventions for intimate partner violence. She has authored over 40 articles and book chapters on the development of violent relationships, the efficacy of service to male batterers, the effect of abuse and trauma on children, and on empirically and ethically sound policies for working with abuse perpetrators. The Caring Dads program that she developed (www.caringdads.org) is currently running in many sites across Canada, as well as in the US, UK, Ireland, Wales, Germany and Sweden. She was invited to testify as part of the recent Royal Commission into Family Violence and was a visiting academic at the University of Melbourne in March -June 2016.