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A Tasmanian Initiative in Understanding

Working with Men is a monthly networking event for professionals that work with men who use violence.  


The Onesimus Foundation provides a meeting space for research to be shared and discussions to be held among practitioners, students, and volunteers. 

Presentations inform us of the latest research and interventions and allow creative conversations about where we are going and what we need to know.


Previous Events


Dr Ron Frey and Dr Romy Winter, of the LifeLine DV Alert Workshops explain the irradiation model of family violence & challenge us to consider the concept of choice. The presentation includes information on the impacts of family violence on child attachment

John Lennox is an experienced practitioner who developed the application in Tasmania Police.  He was later a contracted facilitator and trainer with Youth Justice, Education Department, and other non-government organizations.

John spoke on resolving conflict by the use of Restorative Practice. The session includes building an understanding of Affect Script Psychology and the use of questions that builds understanding between the parties in conflict. The session includes practical scenarios to develop and practice your learning.

Engender Equality

Alina Thomas, the CEO Engender Equality shares research and practice experience that tells us that the predominant aggressor in a relationship might identify as experiencing victimhood
and therefore access
victim-survivor services.
Engender Equality has developed guidelines to assist family violence practitioners to determine whether Engender Equality services are appropriate for victim-perpetrators who identify as men.
Alina talks us through the guidelines

Dr Romy Winter shared results of a recent research project on vandalism for the City of Launceston. Data from the Tasmanian police and Council were discussed, and a literature review explored the drivers of vandalism. Preconditions of a suitable target, motivation to vandalise and gender were identified. Case studies are highlighted which demonstrate good practice in intervention. Recommendations for the future were shared before the group held a discussion.

DIY Dads

Dave Taylor speaks about the
journey of DIY Dads changing
from a program-focused initiative
to a trauma-informed approach
that focuses on individual
strengths and needs. 
The program aims to lift men from the "churn" between housing and homelessness which allows them to focus on the health, wellbeing and relationships with their children.

Tori Cook, Head of Workforce Development (NTV) gave a presentation to the Tasmanian Working with Men's Network meeting. 

The presentation included: 

  • Engagement tools with men using family violence in a respectful and safe way

  • Grooming and collusion with this client cohort

  • Key discussion techniques to pivot to the change journey.

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