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Support for men who use violence

There is support available for men who use violence to change their controlling and abusive behaviour. 

Connecting with a service or participating in a behaviour change program can be an important starting point in the journey to respectful and violence-free relationships.

Men’s Referral Service

The Men’s Referral Service is a confidential support service for men who have been or are behaving abusively. It takes strength and courage to admit to using violence or control. This is the first step towards changing your behaviour and being the best man, partner, spouse or family member you can be.

The Men’s Referral Service can have a conversation with you, help you with some short-term tactics, and put you in touch with supports that can help you along your journey. 
You can call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or chat online.

Men's Behaviour Change Programs (MBCPs)

Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCPs) are group-based programs that support men who have used abusive and controlling behaviours towards their partners or family members to change their behaviour and build healthy and respectful relationships. 

MBCPs work with men to develop strategies and skills to help them be accountable for their actions, recognise their violent behaviour and work towards non-abusive relationships. 

How to refer 

There are a number of ways that people enter into a men’s behaviour change program. Some men self-refer by contacting the Men’s Referral Service or MBCP provider directly, or are referred by a family violence service or healthcare professional. Stopping family violence is about a lot more than managing anger, which is why men who use violence are encouraged to participate in a men’s behaviour change group and not an anger management group.

What to expect

After being referred to a program there is an intake and assessment process, which usually includes an interview with an experienced men’s behaviour change worker. In the interview, the worker will have a chat and explain the requirements for joining in the program and establish expectations around your participation and what you can get out of it. This interview will also help the worker assess any risks or safety issues relating to your participation in the program.

For more information and referral to a MBCP contact the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491, or contact the provider operating in your area.

Below is a list of registered service providers of men’s behaviour change programs. Click on the program name to find out more about the group that is delivered in your region.


- Parramatta
- Nowra
- Ulladulla
​1300 651 728

Nowra & Ulladulla crsintake@anglicare.org.au
​Baptist Care Family and Counselling Services
​Facing Up   
​- Bankstown  
- Campbelltown
- Penrith
- Tuggerah
1300 130 225

​Choosing Change
​- Fairfield
​13 18 19

​CatholicCare Wilcannia Forbes
- Wilcannia
- Forbes

​1800 067 067
​CentaCare New England North-West
Disrupting Family Violence
​- Tamworth
- Gunnedah

1800 372 826

​CatholicCare Broken Bay
Back on Track 
​- Tuggerah
- Waitara

​1800 324 924

​EveryMan Australia
Working With the Man
​- Queanbeyan
- Palerang

02 6230 6999

​Housing Plus
​Accountable Men
- Orange
- Lithgow

1800 603 300

​Illawara Koori Men’s Support Group
(Brothers Against Domestic Violence)
​- Albion Park

​Kempsey Families Inc.
- Kempsey
- Nambucca Valley
(02) 6563 1588

​Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services 
​- Port Macquarie
(02) 6583 2155

​Manning Support Services
Taking Responsibility
- Taree
- Forster
- Gloucester
(02) 6551 1800

Men and Family​
- Lismore
- Tweed Heads
​(02) 6622 6116
​NorthEast MBCP
​Men’s Behaviour Change Program
​- Albury 

0411 989 200

​Mission Australia Central and Far West NSW
Manin' Up
- Broken Hill
- Dubbo
- Orange
- Walgett
- Central and Far West
​(02) 9219 2000
Relationships Australia NSW​
​Taking Responsibility

Building Stronger Families

Building Stronger Families is a group program for men who are new to Australia that helps to build family connections that are strong, respectful and caring. 
- Hunter
- Parramatta
- Penrith
- Illawarra

- Fairfield (Arabic)
- Toongabbie (Tamil)
- Merrylands (Hazaragi)

​1300 364 277 

1300 364 277 

​Relationships Australia Canberra and Regions
​Taking Responsibility for Respectful Relationships
​- Wagga Wagga (note: this program is currently not running)
(02) 6122 7100

​Settlement Services International
Building Stronger Families
- Fairfield (Arabic)
- Toongabbie (Tamil)
(02) 8799 6700

​Warrina DFV Specialist Services
Safer Futures
- Coffs Harbour

0448 504 627


Counselling, support and resources
LGBTQI+ communities
Say It Out Loud is an online platform on sexual, domestic and family violence designed specifically for LGBTQ+ people. The website includes information for people for LGBTQ+ who are concerned about their use of abuse, and a service finder for people seeking support, including support to change their behaviours. 

Proud Partners

Proud Partners is a group program for anyone in the LGBTQ community who is concerned about their behaviours in a relationship, such as a lack of respect, controlling behaviours, or aggression. ACON runs this program once a year and it is facilitated by trained LGBTQ professionals. If you would like to be contacted when ACON next runs this program or for more information, you can email healthyrelationships@acon.org.au or follow Say It Out Loud and ACON’s Facebook page for information about the next group.

Q Life 

Q Life is a phone helpline and webchat providing information, referrals, support and advocacy. Specially trained volunteers and staff who identify as LGBTIQA+ 
3pm to Midnight, 7 days a week
Phone: 1800 184 527

The Gender Centre

The Gender Centre provide a range of services including case management, telephone support and community outreach for transgender and gender questioning people.
Phone: (02) 9519 7599
Email: reception@gendercentre.org.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Brother to Brother  

Brother to Brother is a 24-hour crisis line for Aboriginal men staffed by Aboriginal men. The culturally-safe service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Phone: 1800 435 799

Education Centre Against Violence - Strong Aboriginal Men

Aboriginal men connecting and standing strong against Domestic Family Violence and Child Sexual Assault. Strong Aboriginal Men (SAM) is a series of workshops delivered by Aboriginal men to Aboriginal men, talking in a safe way about the trauma associated with domestic family violence and child sexual assault. It is an opportunity to learn, change and grow for all our mob.
Service providers or people working with community can contact the ECAV Aboriginal Programs team for more information about local delivery of the Strong Aboriginal Men program.
NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence
Phone: (02) 9840-3735  
To request training in your area, please go to www.ecav.health.nsw.gov.au/courses/ and click on ‘Requesting ECAV Training’ 

Domestic and Family Violence and Parenting

Central Coast Family Centre - Caring Dads

Some men have attitudes and behaviours towards their partners and family members which have a detrimental impact on their families and children. Caring Dads is a group program for men who want to improve their parenting and be better fathers. 
This is a 17 week group program for men who have used some form of domestic violence and abuse towards a family member, are concerned about the effects of their behaviours on their children and hope to repair the harm done by working towards becoming safer and building trust with their families.
Phone: (02) 4356 2600
Email: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Parenting After Separation - Focus on Kids

Relationships Australia

Parenting after Separation is a group for parents and carers who want to learn more about how they can best support their child through the process of family separation. The group will help you to learn more about managing your ongoing relationship with a former partner and to reduce conflict, whilst supporting your children.

MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia is the national telephone support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MensLine Australia can also provide referrals to face-to-face counselling and support services.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78

Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Strategy Program 

The IDFVS program provides women and children with support to escape and recover from violence and abuse. Support is provided through ongoing practical and emotional support for victims living through the abuse and for victims who have escaped the abuser. 
The program also works with the person who has used violence, as long as it doesn’t compromise the safety and wellbeing of victims and other family members.

Court and Legal resources


ENGAGE is a free intervention for male perpetrators of intimate oartner violence. It involves participation in a 6 hour workshop that can help manage stress and change the behaviours that have led to:
  • An apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO)
  • Charges for domestic violence offences
ENGAGE is currently delivered in the following locations:
  • Northern Region: Cessnock, Maitland and Newcastle
  • Metro Region: Fairfield 
For more information and the eligibility criteria see our ENGAGE website 

Avow - an ADVO resource in your pocket

Avow is a free mobile phone app for people in NSW who have an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO). Avow information, planning tool and tips can help users better understand and comply with their ADVO conditions and prepare for court. The app means users can find their ADVO and court information directly from their mobile phone device and read about the court process, the consequences of breaching an ADVO, and use the Avow planning tool to comply with their order.
Avow can be downloaded on your mobile phone from the App Store or Google play.

LawAccess NSW

LawAccess NSW is a free telephone helpline that provides legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem in NSW.
The ‘Representing Yourself’ section on the website has a useful guide to responding to an AVO.
Phone: 1300 888 529

Legal Aid NSW

Legal Aid NSW can help victims of domestic violence with their legal and social needs. Legal Aid NSW can help clients better understand their legal problems and provides free legal advice, casework assistance in a range of legal matters including apprehended domestic violence orders, family law and care and protection matters.
Phone: (02) 9219 6300 (Domestic Violence Unit)

Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT

Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) provides legal advice and representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in criminal law, family law and children’s care and protection law. They also assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children through representation in court, advice and information, and referral to further support services.
Phone: 1800 765 767


Link2home Homelessness Information Line

Link2home Homelessness Information Line is a state-wide telephone service providing information, assessment and referral to specialist homelessness services, temporary accommodation and other appropriate services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Open 24/7
Phone: 1800 152 152

Fixed Address, Kempsey Families Inc.

Kempsey, Nambucca Valley, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
Fixed Address is a targeted program for men who have used domestic or family violence in their present or past relationships who are at risk of exclusion from the family home due to their violence. It involves prevention work, early intervention and a crisis response and will provide the link to case management, transitional housing and access points to support services to support men on their journey to non-violence.
Men seeking to change their violent behaviour can access the program directly, or be referred by external agencies, through court, partners or family.

Fixed Address Coordinator
Phone: 0437 699 108