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What is ENGAGE?

ENGAGE is a brief voluntary intervention for male defendants in intimate partner violence matters. ENGAGE is free and includes a six hour workshop and referrals to support services as required.

ENGAGE engages persons earlier following an initial domestic violence offence or incident, offers opportunities for referrals to support services and encourages program readiness for longer term behaviour change interventions. 

Where is ENGAGE available?

ENGAGE is currently delivered in the following locations:

Northern Region: Cessnock, Maitland and Newcastle
Metro Region: Fairfield 
Note: Blacktown, Penrith and SydneyCBD sites are on hold 

Who is eligible?

ENGAGE is for males over 18 years of age who are at court for:
- an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order and/or 
- a domestic violence charge.

Speak to an ENGAGE Officer to see if you or your client are eligible for ENGAGE.

Why do ENGAGE?

If you or your client is facing a domestic violence matter at court, ENGAGE can help.

An ENGAGE Officer can make referrals to services and/or schedule participants into an ENGAGE workshop. A certificate is presented on completion of the workshop and can be submitted to the court or to agencies to demonstrate efforts to make positive changes. 

What happens in workshops?

Participants get support and information to help manage stress, improve communication in relationships and develop a healthier lifestyle. Workshops also include information on legal issues specific to domestic violence and ADVOs.

ENGAGE group workshops are held on a Saturday in a 6 hour session. Individual sessions can be held on week days or week nights.

For referrals and assessment

Contact ENGAGE Officers:

Cessnock, Maitland and Newcastle
Kristie on 0438 144 031
Amy on 0427 401 938

ENGAGE Referral Forms