A Better Way (ABW) creates safety for woman and children by directly working one on one with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal fathers, who use violence. This program has adopted cultural healing approaches specifically designed for fathers who identify as Aboriginal. The program assists and supports fathers to address family violence behaviours and develop positive relationships with their children.
A Better Way uses a trauma-informed approach that is underpinned by the innovative Safe & Together model. Fathers receive a flexible and individualised, tailored treatment approach.
A Better Way works with families for four to six months – to increase safety and wellbeing. It links families with other help such as alcohol and drug services, parenting courses or mental health support.
A Better Way is funded by the Victorian Government and delivered, in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).
To be eligible, fathers are required to have contact with their children and their children’s mother. Contact can be supervised and can be minimal (e.g., one hour a week or phone contact).
Other referral criteria includes:
- Any report of Family Violence in the last 6 months.
- Father needs to be willing and prepared to work on changing their family violence behaviours.
- Mother (non-offending parent) is willing to have some contact with the program.
Anglicare Victoria and VACCA are jointly delivering A Better Way in the Southern Region – Bayside Peninsula area. Referrals come via the Orange Door and other community pathways.