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This paper examines how men's behaviour change programs, domestic and family violence specific fathering programs, and Aboriginal men's healing programs address fathering issues for men who use violence. It presents findings from a scoping review of Australian and international literature to highlight similarities, differences and gaps in programs and explores how these programs could be more inclusive of fathering in the context of domestic and family violence.

Key messages:

  • For many men who use violence and abuse, it is recognised that becoming a better father is a motivation for change.
  • Programs for men who use violence and abuse in their families need to reflect fathering issues and behaviour change needs.
  • There are opportunities to include more content about fathering and child development in the design of programs that are specifically for fathers who have used violence.
  • The perspectives and expectations of women and children about behaviour change outcomes they wish to see requires input in the design of programs to ensure their measures of success are recognised.
  • There is a need for improved evaluation of programs to better understand outcomes and what works.
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CFCA Paper No.56