Family Violence Intervention Programs

CAFS believes all women and children have the right to live their lives freely and safely. When the men they love use their power as men to hurt, punish, or control them, then that right is violated.

Using male power like this is called male family violence. It can destroy people and relationships. CAFS supports two family violence intervention programs:

  1. The client-focused program

  2. The community development program – service integration

1. Client-focused

The family violence intervention programs at CAFS are guided by the following No To Violence (NTV) guidelines and principles:

  • Men’s violence is unacceptable
  • Male family violence must be addressed in the context of gender inequality between men and women
  • Men’s family violence is primarily used by men to control women and children.

The programs aim to

  • ensure the safety of women and children
  • support men to take responsibility for their behaviours
  • support men to change their behaviours.

Elements of the family violence prevention programs include the following:

  • Intake and assessment
  • Individual group readiness counselling
  • Men’s behaviour change group work program (18 sessions)
  • Partner/ex-partner follow-up
  • Women’s support group (delivered in partnership)
  • Children’s group (delivered in partnership)
  • Referral to other services
  • Intensive case management
  • Emergency housing for men removed from the family home due to their violence and abuse

Our services for men include the following:

  • Information and referral
  • Men’s behaviour change groups
  • Case management
  • Housing assistance

For an appointment, please call 5337 3333. Our services are completely confidential.

2. Community Development

In partnership with six community-based organisations in the Grampians region, CAFS supports one of two Grampians Integrated Family Violence Committee coordinators (RICs) in the region.

The CAFS-based RIC position supports and builds integration for workers and organisations across the Central Highlands family violence sector as well as sectors (health, law enforcement, schools, child protection, etc.) associated with addressing family violence. The second RIC position is located at Grampians Community Health in Stawell.

For more information, contact the regional integration coordinator at CAFS on 5337 3333 or visit www.grampiansfamilyviolence.com.au.

After speaking with our family violence intake worker, what happens next?

We meet with you so you can tell us about your situation and behaviour, and what you want to change. We then give you information about how our program operates.
If we feel you will benefit from the program, you can join our weekly sessions and work with other men who want to change their behaviour and their families’ lives.