Men motivated to change can turn to ‘safe place’

Staff reporterMidwest Times
Desert Blue Connect chief executive Russell Pratt and Men’s Community Intervention officer Trent Ward outside the new men’s service office on Chapman Road, Geraldton.
Camera IconDesert Blue Connect chief executive Russell Pratt and Men’s Community Intervention officer Trent Ward outside the new men’s service office on Chapman Road, Geraldton. Credit: Desert Blue Connect

Men who perpetrate family and domestic violence can now access a service to help change their behaviour.

Desert Blue Connect’s men’s community intervention service aims to keep women and children safe through immediate and timely assistance for perpetrators.

In the Mid West-Gascoyne district, 1208 family assault offences were reported to police last financial year, with a sanction rate of 21.3 per cent.

With several services available in Geraldton for women who have experienced family violence, the new community program provides a supportive place for abusive men to find help.

Men’s community intervention officer Trent Ward said men could refer themselves to the program.

“You don’t need to be referred just by an agency,” he said.

“We expect men who are motivated and willing to come and see us so they can address their violent behaviour and look to make changes.

“We are going to provide a safe place so they can talk about their issues and their behaviour to women and children.”

Cleave Narkle has also been employed as a male family violence officer.

The pilot program, funded by the WA Police Special Plate Funding, will run for one year.

Desert Blue Connect chief executive Russell Pratt said the service was a chance to work proactively to reduce family violence within the region.

“Hopefully, as a community we can better utilise resources currently spent dealing with the impact of family violence,” he said.

To make an appointment call 0499 348 789 or drop into the men’s office at 98a Chapman Road.

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