Following on from the COVID-19 and Men’s Behaviour Change Programs Practice Update 1 (19/03/2020) it has become increasingly important to consider the viability and safety of in-person service delivery across a variety of important but challenging essential services.
This includes but is not limited to doctors and medical services, mental health services, AOD programs, and responses to families experiencing FDV. Many of these services have moved to virtual forms of engagement and varied service models in order to safely respond to the health and safety concerns arising from the current COVID-19 Emergency.
As stated in SFV’s previous Practice Update, clearly, a business-as-usual approach is unattainable in the current circumstances. In this document, we focus on specific considerations and risks that may be associated with continuing to run in-person group work for perpetrators of FDV during the COVID-19 crisis. It is especially important that MBCP work maintains a focus on safety for women and children whilst working in line with a ‘Do no Harm’ Principle and this practice update has been developed to provide some further guidance for organisations around the approach to service delivery at this current time.
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