A Study of The Impact On Men & Their Partners In The Short Term & In The Long Term Of Attending Men’s Behaviour Change Programs

Thea Brown, Catherine Flynn, Paula Fernandez Arias, Carlos Clavijo

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The Longitudinal Study on the Impact of Men’s Behaviour Change Programs on
Program Participants, instigated and funded by Violence Free Families and carried out by members of the Department of Social Work, Monash University, is unique in both the Australian and international context.

The findings are optimistic. The majority of the men who completed the programs did change in the short term and in the long term. The men did not shift their violence from one form to another; the violence was reduced in all areas. Immediately after program completion the numbers of men inflicting violence fell by half across all 15 items of violent behaviour measured. One year after program completion the numbers had reduced further. Two years after program completion the numbers had fallen again. No men were inflicting violence in 8 areas of violence, 3% of men or less were inflicting it in 3 areas of violence and 10-26% were inflicting violence in the remaining areas.
The trajectory of violence was an initial sharp fall immediately on program
completion, followed by further reductions one year later and reductions yet again two years later. In summary, some 65% of the men who completed the program and stage 2 of the study were either violence free or almost violence free two years after they competed their program.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherViolence Free Families
Commissioning bodyViolence Free Families
Number of pages144
ISBN (Print)978-0-9953784-0-7
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • family violence
  • men's behaviour change programs

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