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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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Engaging men who use violence: Invitational narrative approaches

This qualitative research explored how invitational narrative ways of working successfully engage men and enable behavioural and attitudinal change.

The study explored the historical and philosophical foundations of invitational narrative practice and the principles and skills that practitioners use in their work.

The study was conducted in partnership with Uniting Communities in Adelaide, which has a strong, agency-wide commitment to invitational narrative practice and has maintained longstanding relationships with the Dulwich Centre. Uniting Communities works with men who use violence in men’s behaviour change groups and also in counselling. The agency also provides counselling and support to the partners/ex-partners of these men and their children.

This study contributes to the limited evidence available on how invitational narrative approaches are used in the domestic and family violence field.

 

 

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This work is part of the ANROWS Research reports series. ANROWS Research reports (Horizons) are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.


Author

PROFESSOR SARAH WENDT
Flinders University

DR KATE SEYMOUR
Flinders University

FIONA BUCHANAN
University of South Australia

CHRIS DOLMAN
Emerging Minds and Uniting Communities

DR NATALIE GREENLAND
University of South Australia and Uniting Communities


ISBN: 978-1-925925-11-1 (print) | 978-1-925925-12-8 (online)

105 pp.

 

Suggested citation

Wendt, S., Seymour, K., Buchanan, F., Dolman, C., & Greenland, N. (2019). Engaging men who use violence: Invitational narrative approaches (Research report, 05/2019). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.

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