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Support for Fathers Project Update

Relationships Australia Victoria
2:18pm Monday, 21 May 2018

Support for Fathers is a national project that aims to support young men and fathers in their role as parents and partners, with the outcome of increased men’s involvement in gender equality and reducing violence.

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is being funded to run this project by the Department of Social Services as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Since late 2017, we have been inviting young men, fathers and service providers across Australia to join in consultations for our Support for Fathers project.

Over the past few months, we have been travelling across Australia meeting with fathers, families and professionals. Specifically, in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia we are organising several community and professionals’ forums focusing on bringing together people to talk about fatherhood. We are looking for opportunities to run similar forums in other areas of Australia.

The response to our initial invitation to participate in the Support for Fathers project has been significant. So far we have spoken to over 200 men, support services and organisations, and have found that they are welcoming the opportunity to provide their insights and feedback into how fathers can be better supported.

We are keen to engage further with fathers and professionals, to help us to develop relevant and useful fatherhood resources and a professionals’ toolkit.

There are a number of ways that professionals and community members can get involved.


  1. Tell us about the services you provide for fathers.
  2. Arrange a time to talk to us via phone or Skype, or in person (depending on location and travel required).
  3. Share this project with your networks.
  4. Let us know about relevant conferences or networks that exist in your area.
  5. Join our Facebook group for professionals working in this area.
  6. Collaborate on a “Working with Fathers” forum in your area – contact us for more information.

Fathers and families

  1. Tell us about the services for fathers in your area and any services you think are missing.
  2. Let us know what you do for fathers in your community.
  3. Register to participate in an upcoming survey.
  4. Sign up for the Support for Fathers mailing list – contact us via email.

Throughout 2018, we will continue to travel around Australia to consult with as many services and fathers as possible. In 2019, the resources and toolkit will be delivered to the community.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Dom Alford, Project Coordinator – Support for Fathers at RAV by email or by calling 0437 305 881.

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