Men’s Behaviour Change Program
The Tangentyere Men’s Family Violence Prevention Program or “Marra’ka Mbarintja” (Talking straight to make change) aims to work towards the safety, wellbeing, human rights and dignity of women, children and others affected by men’s use of violence. We believe women and children have the right to enjoy safe and respectful relationships.
The Men’s Behaviour Change Program (MBCP) offers a psycho - educational model and space for men who use violence and abuse in their intimate and family relationships.
These groups involve two hour weekly sessions for 16 weeks plus follow-up sessions as required.
Each session is tailored to address the men’s use of violence, to accept responsibility for their use of violence and to learn ways to reduce their use of violence. Topics include but are not limited to - forms of violence, cycle of violence, impacts of violence on women, children, family & community, why men use violence, what is a respectful relationship.
The Men’s Behaviour Change Program is proud of its long history and professional standards. MBCP adheres to the minimum service standards of best practice as set out by No to Violence, the nationwide peak body of organisations working with men to end their violence against family members.
The Men’s Behaviour Change Program are proud to be a part of Tangentyere Council. The program adheres to and respects the rights of Indigenous Australians and understands the complexities of working in the Central Australian context. We accept referrals for all men, indigenous and non-indigenous.
Women and Children
The MBCP’s primary concern is upholding the safety of women and children. A specialised family violence women’s worker from the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter will contact the partners and ex-partners of men who attend MBCP (a condition of joining the program) to provide women with safety advice, support and information.
We do not make judgements about women’s relationships or choices.
Referrals & Conditions
If you are working with a client or family where family violence is an issue and the man is open to seeking support around changing his behaviour, please contact us Monday to Friday to discuss a referral and / or an assessment. Comprehensive assessments are conducted by our specialist staff to ensure the man is group ready. MBCP also conduct assessments in prison and at court.
While we respect the sensitive nature of our discussions, the MBCP abides by limited confidentiality and mandatory reporting guidelines.
Call (08) 8952 1430