A new program at the Canberra Men's Centre will work with the perpetrators of domestic violence in the hope of reducing violence against women and children in the ACT.
Minister for Community Services Joy Burch announced yesterday that the government will spend $424,000 over four years on the family violence prevention program, which began at the centre a week ago.
The scheme will include case management, counselling, anger management and accommodation for men who have committed acts of domestic violence.
Canberra Mens's Centre counselling manager Alistair Jones said a case manager, counsellors and other support professionals would work one-on-one with the men to address behaviours that can lead to violence in the home.
''They'll be looking at all elements in their life and those elements that need to change and those responsibilities that need to be faced up to,'' Mr Jones said. ''We'll be working with the men to change behaviours to get a better outcome for the women children and the men themselves.''
Mr Jones said the service would be available to up to seven participants at any one time and the men could be referred by solicitors, community agencies or the Domestic Violence Crisis Service.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service manager Dennise Simpson backed the approach of providing intensive case management and supported accommodation for men who use violence.
''This is a model of intervention that offers an element of safety for the families while the man is located elsewhere and addressing his use of violence and abusive behaviours,'' Ms Simpson said.
The program will be part the ACT Strategy to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children which is currently being developed and will be launched by the ACT Government later this year.