In 2018 inTouch received an innovation grant from Family Safety Victoria to develop and implement an early intervention program for men who use violence in South Asian and Afghani communities – Motivation for Change.
Based on our successful inLanguage, inCulture model for victim-survivors, the program is the first of its kind as it is specifically tailored to men from culturally and linguistically diverse communities who use violence towards family members.
This trauma-informed program helps engage men who otherwise may come to the attention of police, courts and other service providers, and yet, for a number of reasons, are unable to access services to assist them in stopping their use of violence.
The Motivation for Change (MFC) program comprises of one-on-one case management and group sessions. It aims to help men reflect on their behaviours, learn ways to relate without using violence, as well as access services to help them change their behaviour.
37 men complete the trial program
The MFC program recently completed its trial program in Dandenong and Sunshine working with men from South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives) and Afghanistan. A total of 37 men completed the program, a highly successful 90% completion rate. Most were referred from the Magistrates courts in Dandenong and Sunshine, and Child Protection.
Case closure and individual exit plans were given highest importance towards the end of the program and a total of 15 participants reunited with their families during the course of the program.
Meet Ahmed and Maryam
Ahmed* was a participant of the MFC program. His partner, Maryam* was a client of inTouch and received case management support from our Dari speaking case manager. Here are their stories.
The next round of the program is already in progress. For more information or to make enquiries, phone 03 9413 6543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org