New Central Australian Minimum Standards to support and strengthen Men’s Behaviour Change programs in the NT

By Tangentyere Council

Wednesday October 14, 2020

(L-R) Larissa Ellia, Maree Corbo, John Adams JSS, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

Programs that combat the Northern Territory’s high rates of family and domestic violence will be strengthened by a new set of standards developed by Tangentyere Council.

The standards cover Men’s Behaviour Change Programs and have been developed specifically for Central Australia.

Tangentyere has operated a Men’s Behaviour Change program since 2014, informed and supported by the Tangentyere Women’s Family Safety Group, and in recent years, with the Tangentyere Men’s Family Safety Group.

Tangentyere’s Co-Manager of Community and Social Services Maree Corbo said working with men who use violence was an important part of the strategy to reduce violence against women and girls.

“National and local strategies recognise that working with men who use violence is imperative to the safety and wellbeing of women and children impacted by violence,” Ms Corbo said.

“Such programs not only tackle behaviours, they ensure that men who use violence are kept accountable for their actions.

“Men’s Behaviour Change programs make up part of a range of responses to family and domestic violence.

“The new Central Australian Minimum Standards will support and strengthen Men’s Behaviour Change programs here by recognising the particular circumstances and local contexts.

“Previously we operated under standards developed interstate, but having these principles specific to our location will strengthen our cultural safety and motivate more men to become involved.

The Central Australian Minimum Standards (CAMS) fall under six main priorities:

  • Women and their children’s safety is the core priority
  • The use of violence is challenged and men who use violence are held accountable
  • Women’s safety and men’s accountability are best achieved through an integrated response
  • Workers are skilled in responding to the dynamics and impacts of domestic, family and sexual violence
  • The Women’s Safety Worker is essential to the safety of women and their children
  • The program is culturally safe and accessible.

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