Family violence, or domestic violence, is a pattern of behaviour where one person tries to dominate and control the other. It can include a range of behaviours, including:
If you’re not sure whether what’s happening in your family is family violence, you can call us to arrange an assessment, talk about what’s been happening and find out more about how we can help.
More information on each type of abuse is available here.
In your relationship with your partner or former partner:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time for change.
If you’re ready to take responsibility for the way you’ve been acting, an MBCP can help show you how to relate to your family in healthy and positive ways.
"I felt like everything was getting out of control - including me. Now I realise that I have choices about how I respond to things."
The first steps to ending family violence are to:
To get started, call your nearest centre to make a time to attend an information session.
At the information session, you will receive information about the program and be able to determine whether it’s right for you.
You can then arrange an assessment session, where you’ll meet privately with a facilitator to talk about what has been happening in your family and relationships, and begin to identify goals related to behaviours you want to change.
Family safety is an important aspect of the program, so our staff will also make contact with your family members to offer them support and assistance they might need. We do this because people exposed to family violence need support.
Groups run for 20 weeks. New groups start throughout the year. Please contact your nearest centre for upcoming dates.
RAV is a not-for-profit community organisation and our services are only partially government funded, so fees are normally charged. However, we try to make our services as affordable as possible. Please contact us for more information about the fees for men’s behaviour change programs.
If you are in immediate danger, call Victoria Police on 000. For women's crisis support, call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. For men’s telephone and online support, call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491.