A $656,000 program to change abusive boys into respectful men has started in Ipswich.
A $656,000 program to change abusive boys into respectful men has started in Ipswich. SCOTT POWICK

$656,000 program to stop sons bashing mums

Region's kids in 1500 violent incidents in three years

A GROUNDBREAKING $656,000 program to change abusive boys into respectful men will be rolled out across Queensland if it succeeds.

Launched in Ipswich recently, the two-year mother-son focused ReNew will attempt to break the cycle of violence before young perpetrators become adults.

The Queensland Government-funded project is the work of the Domestic Violence Action Centre and child trauma experts from Carinity Baptist Community Services.

ReNew co-facilitator Leia Mackie told ARM Newsdesk there was nationwide interest in the project.

"The Domestic Violence Action Centre had been receiving a number of calls from women that were facing domestic violence from their young person at home," Ms Mackie said of the impetus behind ReNew.

"That's not to diminish or say that men aren't victims of violence at all - but this program is definitely responding to need."

Ms Mackie said the program's workshops and individual counselling sessions were targeted at children aged 9-17 years.

"Research shows that learned behaviour from dad is a part of the problem," Ms Mackie said.

"We do know that young people who experience domestic violence in the home are more likely to go on and perpetrate violence in future relationships.

"But there's another element as well - that's how women and men are viewed differently in our society."

The Griffith University-evaluated program will go statewide if it succeeds in changing the abusive behaviour.

*For 24-hour support  phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or MensLine on 1800 600 636, NSW's  Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the  national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).



 



This man could help break and enter investigation

This man could help break and enter investigation

The man is about 30 years old with a light brown complexion

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