Monash Uni

Are you a man (or partner of a man) who has attended a Men's Behaviour Change or Anger Management program? Participate in our Research Program..

New Women's Refuge for Bendigo

Violence Free Families Ambassador, Colleen Hewett, will be giving a Homecoming Concert on Friday, 23 October in the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo.


Online Men's Behaviour Change Program

Are you feeling stressed and angry too much of the time? Are you hurting your loved ones emotionally or physically?  Concerned about the way you behave towards your partner or children? The Online Men's Behaviour Change Program will commence in January 2016.


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.


2014 Annual Report

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

View this Years's Report

View all Past Reports.


An Evaluation of Interventions with Domestic Violence Perpetrators, Thea Brown and Ralph Hampson

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.


Submission to the Senate Committee on Family Violence in Australia

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.