Violence Free Families has developed from scratch a world first group online program for male perpetrators of family violence. Comprehensively evaluated by Melbourne University’s Centre for Program Evaluation over four trials, it came out with top marks.
The ABC journalist Danny Tran spent over four months of investigation before publishing the article on 13 January, 2018. He interviewed a man who had done the program, the program’s designer and lead facilitator, Melbourne University’s Evaluator, Violence Free Families directors and the CEO of the peak council for such programs in Victoria.
Violence Free Families was established by the Rotary Club of Brighton in 2009 and it is a District Approved Program. The cost of the online program development was over $600,000 in cash and kind and all of this was raised by charitable donations or in-kind contributions of professional time. Rotary clubs were important donors.