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‘Start today again’: Fathers healing relationships after family violence

Father and childThe ‘Start today again’ project (funded by DSS under the ‘Building Safe Communities for Women and Children’ national program) was launched by the Tasmanian Governor, the Hon. Kate Warner, on 20 March at Government House Hobart. Start today again was inspired by the Paul Kelly song of the same name and is a contemporary project consisting of a comprehensive one- and two-day training program and resource tool kit. (The kit is designed to engage with violent fathers and motivate them to change their behaviour, so that their children will be safe and not grow up to be violent themselves.) 

Start today again introduces innovative approaches to working with men and children affected by family violence, with a cost of $150 (GST and lunch included). Topics will include: how to respond to fathers who use violence; the impacts of violence on children; the ‘ReNew program’ (‘Breaking the cycle of intergenerational family violence by rebuilding the relationship of adolescent boys and their mothers’); child and family therapy; and understanding male victims of FDV using a feminist framework.

Tasmania divisional development and research manager Nell Kuilenburg reports that a Start today again training day was held on Monday, 19 March 2018, from 9 a.m – 4.30 p.m. at the Glenorchy District Football Club (1A Anfield St, Glenorchy, Tas). The seminar features interstate speakers Professor Cathy Humphries (University of Melbourne), Dave Burck and Leia Mackie (from the ReNew project, Qld) and Dr Ron Frey (a psychologist and QUT lecturer and researcher, who developed the Start today again project). It is expected that the program will operate on a similar basis to the Safe from the Start program, conducting training nationally on a cost recovery basis.