For men’s behaviour change programs to work, the attitude of our society must also change.
Men’s behaviour change programs are a crucial part to end violence against women. As Michael Brandenburg from No To Violence says, taking responsibility for their abusive behaviour is an important first step for men towards changes, ”No more excuses, no more blaming ”. By helping men to understand and change their behaviour, we're helping create a safer space for the women and children affected by their actions.
However, for men’s behaviour change programs to work, the attitude of our society must also change. As a community, let's take a good look at ourselves, how we treat women and what messages we give to our young men. Violence against women is not just a women’s issue. It's a societal issue. It impacts all of us and we're all responsible.
This month, Irrelevant Society will give 20% of the profits to Communicare’s Breathing Space Program – a residential Family and Domestic Violence men's behaviour change program which provides an alternative to removing women and children from their family home while helping men address their issues. The average wait list to access a program like this is 6 months.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800 Respect – 1800 737 732