The Queensland Courts acknowledge several Domestic Violence prevention programs, one of which is the Men’s Domestic Violence Education and Intervention Program. This collaborative initiative involves a partnership with the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast and Queensland Corrective Services, often with a representative situated at the Southport Magistrate Court on the same floor as the Domestic Violence Court.
Primarily designed for men, this program extends its commitment by offering referrals to the female partners of participating men when deemed necessary.
Who Can Attend?
This program is tailored for men who are respondents to Domestic Violence Orders or those who have breached such orders. As of July 2022, eligibility has expanded to include a broader range of referrals, including self-referrals. Previously, attendance required a court order. To commence the program, individuals may approach a representative at the Magistrates Court Southport or contact the program office at (07) 5591 4222, where they will guide participants through the necessary steps.
The program spans 27 weeks, with sessions held for 1½ hours once per week. Conducted in rolling sessions over 50 weeks, participants can join at the commencement of any of the 9 topics covered, to then go on and complete their 27 weeks. Each topic is explored over a 3-week period.
Throughout the 27-week duration, participants engage with 9 diverse topics centered around domestic violence. The program intentionally fosters an environment where men can comfortably articulate and reflect on their beliefs and underlying values contributing to harm in their relationships. This is achieved through open conversations and exploratory discussions into participants’ emotions.
To enroll in the program, participants must meet specific criteria:
- Reside in the Gold Coast area.
- Be no younger than 18 years of age.
- Have exhibited harmful behavior in a relationship.
- Must have been referred to the program or self-referred through direct contact with the program.
This program underscores a commitment to fostering positive change and personal growth for individuals seeking to address and rectify issues related to domestic violence within their lives.
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