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Course – Working With Men Affected By Violence

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Events,Men's Health,White Ribbon Campaign — MurrayBacon @ 8:52 am Fri 6th March 2015

One In 3 Campaign Poster

Working With Men Affected By Violence
Training Program
Friday March 20 9.30am – 4.00pm

Cancer Society New Zealand, 52 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington

Flier for convenient printing

In Australia and quite probably in New Zealand up to one in three victims of intimate partner violence are male.
While many services have quite rightly been established over the past three decades to support female victims of
family violence, the needs of male victims and female perpetrators of violence remain largely unmet.
The issue of men affected by violence in intimate relationships has been reported for many years and now workers
in the domestic violence, community and family relationship sectors are acknowledging this problem and seeking
out training for their workers.


The training program is for health, welfare and community workers. It provides information and strategies for
working with men who are affected by violence in their relationships and presents a model for this work.
ï‚· Background to the problem and context violence and abuse occurs in
ï‚· The affect of domestic violence on a person – what’s different for men
ï‚· Strategies for working with men from a strengths based perspective
ï‚· A model for working with men affected by violence
ï‚· Building services for male victims of DV into your agency – what you need to consider
ï‚· Promoting work for male victims of DV


Greg Millan is an Australian social work trained health educator and trainer with over 18 years experience in the
men’s health promotion area developing and implementing many workshop programs, community events and
resources covering a wide range of male health and wellbeing issues. He has worked for Government, Nongovernment
organisations and the private sector. He is the Vice President of the Australian Men’s Health Forum Inc.,
Australia’s peak body implementing a social approach to male health and President of the Men’s Health Forum NSW
Inc. He produces emale Australia’s free monthly men’s health and wellbeing ebulletin and is the author of “Men’s
health & wellbeing: an a – z guide”.

This training program has been developed by Greg based on his research and clinical experience in working with men
who have experienced violence in their intimate relationships and men who have been sexually abused. He uses a
strengths based approach and employs principles of Humanistic Buddhism in his work with others.
This one day training course has been arranged and will be presented by Men’s Health Australia.
Craig Jackson has instigated the support from MHA that led to this course being made available to NZ.
NZ Association of Counsellor’s Website information:

Healthy Christchurch
Course Registration Form

Men’s Health Australia also support the Australian One In 3 Campaign (is a male victim).
Facts Overview


(As an example of misinformation described under the link above, read one of Dr. Michael Flood’s documents, from University of New South Wales, as an example of misinformation.

OPINION: Men are victims of domestic violence too By Greg Millan Feb. 9, 2015, 9 p.m.



  1. Great to see. As I’ve been a victim of domestic violence by my ex wife, i am very grateful to Greg Millan. If there are any feminists who try anything to denigrate this presentation it will only prove that this type of education is required, as they themselves will be therefore be advocating for violence. Expect the usual white ribbon male haters….

    Comment by A dad — Fri 6th March 2015 @ 9:24 am

  2. MoMA will have representatives attending the workshop and forging stronger links with the Australian movement.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Fri 6th March 2015 @ 10:35 am

  3. Very pleased to hear that a MoMA representative will be attending. I hope that good notes can be taken and shared with those unable to attend.

    It is likely that the material will be little different to what many experienced counsellors of men have already said many times. However, when said by an outsider, there might be a better chance that it will be listened to? (Deep cultural cringe showing.)

    There are several good BBC and Australian documentaries and docu-dramas that cover roughly this territory, perhaps in a form more easily understood by members of the public, if anyone is interested?

    Coronation Street has a theme of domestic violence man victim at present. Unfortunately, I guess most of the audience is women rather than men. In my opinion, positive social change needs men to be much more aware of the practicalities and realities. Especially men on juries and familycaught$ judges, when such dangerous evidence-free cases are being “processed” and fleeced for the benefit of legal worker$.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Fri 6th March 2015 @ 11:49 am

  4. Props to Craig Jackson for initiating this.

    Greg Millan’s perspective will bring a much needed alternative to the “all men are bastards” school of social service provision.

    It would be great to see a course like this run in Auckland and Christchurch as well.

    Comment by JohnPotter — Sat 7th March 2015 @ 10:10 am

  5. my wife commits the worst possible domestic violence every day she holds our children hostage without any communication since she lied about domestic violence with her sisters police friends as accomplices, almost all the top brass in the nz police are corrupt. as are all judges and most lawyers.

    dont’ use lawyers. don’t go to court, its a scam. watch the movie ‘divorce corp.’

    Comment by anonymous — Mon 9th March 2015 @ 3:56 am

  6. We and about 20 others attended this course. Some were ‘Living Without Violence’ course providers who expressed some embarrassment about still using the Duluth ‘male power and control’ model. There was a strong recognition that men were also victims of domestic violence, that women committed an important proportion of it, and that services were not providing effectively for men. There was no disagreement. That so many would attend this course and show such awareness of the issues was another sign of the change in attitudes that is happening at present.

    There was also considerable interest and respect for the Black Ribbon idea as preferable to that other sexist, false-propagandist campaign.

    The course was a good networking opportunity and established connection with the Australian men’s services including the ‘1-in-3’ researchers who found that 1 in 3 victims of serious partner violence are men.

    We are hoping to run further similar workshops in NZ, focusing perhaps a bit more on effective ways to work with male victims more so than establishing the reality of the problem. Many helping professionals are now hungry for this and that will be an important way forward for a more equal, balanced and less b.s.-based family violence approach in NZ.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Tue 24th March 2015 @ 10:07 pm

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