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New help for young men to prevent domestic violence

Young men who have been violent towards their own partners and families or who are at risk of becoming violent will get help to turn their behaviour around under two new State Government early intervention programs. The innovative programs, called ‘KIND’ and ‘Young Men and Young Fathers’ specifically target young men and young fathers, with the ultimate aim of protecting the safety of women and children.

Prevention of violence is key to keeping more South Australians safe. In order to break the cycle of domestic abuse, it is important that men have support to understand their behaviour and take steps to make positive changes. Both new programs were made possible thanks to a Federal Government funding injection to help at-risk South Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $250,000 is committed so the programs can run for 12 months.

KIND program

The new KIND program for young men is run by the Department of Human Services and works with young men in the youth justice system and their partners or families to improve relationships, interpersonal skills and accountability.

Participants will receive continued support as they transition in and out of the justice system. A senior family violence therapist will deliver intensive therapy sessions and workshops for both with the young men – and their partners and families – with an end goal of creating healthier relationships.

The program rollout follows a successful earlier trial with eight families over a seven-month period.

While young men aged 13 to 19 are the primary targets, the program will also accept referrals for young women engaged in violent behaviours.

Young Men and Young Fathers

A second Young Men and Youth Fathers program run through the Metropolitan Youth Health (MYH) division of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network is helping young men who have children of their own.

Social workers will help young men address complex underlying issues, including parenting values and their behaviour. The program, which will run throughout 2021, is already helping young men across Adelaide, delivered from locations at Angle Park and Elizabeth, with flexible outreach options on offer.

The program team also works with the women and children on the receiving end of violence, ensuring they are safe and supported.

Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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