Blake Johns pictured at the Men and Family Centre at Tweed Heads.
Blake Johns pictured at the Men and Family Centre at Tweed Heads. Azure Smith

Where male perpetrators of domestic violence get help

THE MEN and Family Centre located at Wharf St, Tweed Heads South, is offering 32-week courses for male perpetrators of family violence to help break the cycle of abuse.

The NSW Government- funded centre opened on the Tweed last November and is one of four pilot programs in NSW specifically aimed at changing men's behaviour.

The courses are voluntary, or mandated by the justice system, and are facilitated by social workers who provide safe group meetings for male perpetrators.

Men and Family Centre team leader Luke Addinsall said during meetings, men learned the dynamics of relationships and the strategies to lead a fulfilling and happy life with their partner and children.

"You could just ignore what's happening and hope that it will go away, or you could choose to find out how you relate to your partner and children,” Mr Addinsall said.

"By stopping violent or controlling, unhelpful and abusive behaviour, you can have a relationship that feels more connected and supportive.”

Social worker Blake Johns said "MEND” workshops were for men who feel they are hurting or frightening the people they love and are ready to make the decision to stop the behaviour.

"Men need to be a part of the solution,” Mr Johns said.

"Guys are often on the peripheral scope, so it's I think really positive when they can be a part of the focal point.”

MEND courses run all year and are held once a week at Tweed Heads. Each group meeting has two facilitators - both men and women.

Entry is available every eight weeks.

For more information, contact 0755368868.



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