Redeemed Care Domestic Violence Counselling

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Unlike conventional counselling programs, in order to address men’s DV in CaLD communities, Redeemed Care combines culturally appropriate domestic violence counselling model  and “Best Practice Model For Provision of Programs for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence in Western Australia” developed by Department for Communities, Family and Domestic Violence.   In order to hold men accountable for their actions, conventional counselling has always used the framework of confrontation and judgement to address men’s domestic violence. Unfortunately, men especially from CaLD communities feel disrespected using conventional counselling framework to address their issues. This therefore accounts for increase in domestic violence in the community irrespective of a huge amount of money spent yearly by the Australian government.

CaLD DV counselling not only aims at reducing domestic violence, it also helps to integrate CaLD communities into the Australian community. CaLD DV counselling brings innovative ideas on how to reach out to CaLD men, educate them on domestic violence and anger management; and invite those that are directly or indirectly perpetrating domestic violence to join a domestic violence group. This program also caters for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Professional counselling services are offered to both perpetrators and victims of domestic violence.

The services of CaLD DV counselling are of 4 components

  1. Information Session: This session aims at using what interests African men and new migrants to invite them for an information session. Some of the activities in this session are: a) Sports, b) Health talk, c) Financial seminar, c) Psycho-education and d) Barbecue. This session will be held once every 2 months and will be facilitated by 2 professional counsellors and 2 external professional speakers in any of the fields above. It will be held in a hired venue central to a target African Community or new migrants. The venue will be moved to various suburbs where these communities are. Men who are having anger problems or power and control issues are invited to enroll for 24 weeks domestic violence sessions. Maximum number expected for each information session is 10 men.
  2. 4 weeks individual counselling for each perpetrator of domestic Violence: During these 4 weeks, the clients are assessed and are sent to the domestic violence group.
  3. 24 weeks domestic violence group sessions for men: Men who have completed 4 weeks individual counselling assessment are enrolled into domestic violence group. The group is facilitated by 2 professional full time counsellors in a hired venue.
  4. 28 weeks counselling for family members of the men in the DV program: From the start DV assessment into domestic violence group till the completion men’s group, the whole family will be supported with an ongoing counselling service within the 28 weeks while the man is engaged with the service.