Breathe in. Breathe out.
There’s a wonderful feeling of freedom and security in being able to breathe normally, without fear and without anguish.
Sadly, three in ten Australian women have felt suffocated by physical, emotional or sexual abuse at the hands their partner.
Colleen Hewett’s powerful anthem ‘Let me Breathe” has been generously donated to Violence Free Families to help raise awareness and much needed funds.
Violence Free Families has been working on two significant projects over the past five years; a research study and a world first Online Men’s Behaviour Change Program.
So far, the results have far exceeded expectations - which is great news. The online program will reach men and families Australia wide.
All funds raised from the purchase of Colleen’s album will go directly to funding this work. And if you would like to donate further, of course, that would indeed be a breath of fresh air.
Remote counselling specialists On the Line, provider of MensLine and other help line and web-based counselling services, will be the provider of the new online men's behaviour change program. The first program will commence early in September.
Colleen Hewett, Amabassador
Colleen Hewett has joined Violence Free Families as an Ambassador. Her new CD - "Black & White" featuring the song "Let Me Breathe" - is available now and $5 from every sale will be donated to Violence Free Families. To order your copy, click here.
Research Study into the Long Term Effectiveness of Male Family Violence Prevention Programs in Australia
This ambitious study is examining the results of behaviour change programs for violent men over the long term. These programs are believed to be one of the most effective ways of helping men to stop their violence but no large scale systematic study of them has ever been conducted in Australia.
Violence Free Families is raising the funds for this study and has commissioned two very highly experienced and qualified researchers to lead it. They are supported by a talented and diverse academic reference committee.
Violence Free Families continued its focus on developing new and better men’s behaviour change programs. These are small-group programs that run for a minimum of 26 contact hours under the guidance of trained facilitators. They are considered to be one of the the most effective ways of helping amilies by improving men’s behaviour.
Significant progress was made this year in developing a world-first online, multi-media behaviour change program for violent men. Our established research program with Monash University into the long term results of conventional men’s behaviour change programs continued with data collection and early analysis
In 2008 and 2009, Violence Free Families, aided by Australian Rotary Health and LifeWorks Relationship Counselling and Educations Services sponsored research into the improvement of men’s behaviour change programs.
This submission focuses on the use of men’s behaviour change programs as a key tool for protecting the welfare of women and children who are the subject of family violence. These programs aim to improve the behaviour of men in affected relationships by providing group psycho-educational interventions over 13 or more weeks of two-hour interactive sessions with trained facilitators. The submission primarily addresses items (c) and (e) of the Committee’s terms of reference.