Duluth – Melbourne Workshops – 2017

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: 11/5/2017: The ‘Duluth – Melbourne Workshops – 2017 tickets are now available online and open to general registration (and the password has been removed). For those organisations who requested more than the 5 people per session cap, you are now welcome to book the extra tickets! We have also added a bank transfer process to accommodate people who are unable to book by PayPal/credit card.

What is the Duluth Model?

Since the early 1980s, Duluth—a small community in northern Minnesota, USA—has been an innovator of ways to hold perpetrators accountable and keep victims safe. The “Duluth Model” is an ever-evolving way of thinking about how a community works together to end domestic violence. The Duluth Model is an organising method that prioritises victim safety and offender accountability within a social change framework. The model guides organisers to build interventions within systems that are aligned with the lived experience of victims.

A community using the Duluth Model approach:

  • has taken the blame off the victim and placed the accountability for abuse on the offender.
  • has shared policies and procedures for holding offenders accountable and keeping victims safe across all agencies in the criminal and civil justice systems from 911 to the courts.
  • prioritises the voices and experiences of women who experience battering in the creation of those policies and procedures.
  • believes that domestic violence is a pattern of actions used to intentionally control or dominate an intimate partner and actively works to change societal conditions that support men’s use of tactics of power and control over women.
  • offers change opportunities for offenders through court-ordered educational groups for batterers.
  • has ongoing discussions between criminal and civil justice agencies, community members and victims to close gaps and improve the community’s response to battering.

Scott Miller:

Scott Miller has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs since 2000. Scott coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence which is currently under a demonstration project funded by The Office of Violence Against Women called the Blueprint for Safety. Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth. Scott trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women. Scott has also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.

Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counter intuitive behaviours of victims.

Scott is a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth.  Scott is responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation.  Scott also conducts trainings nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse. Scott Miller has been working in the women’s movement since 1985.

Session Information:

8:15am  to 8:45am Registration
9:00am to 4:00pm Workshops

Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea are included.

2 Day – Coordinated Community Response Workshop – 24th and 25th of July 2017 – $650 excl. GST

Coordinated Community Response (CCR) is an interagency effort to change the climate of tolerance of violence by institutionalising practices and procedures which centralise victim safety and offender accountability in domestic assault cases. This two day CCR Workshop will convey through lecture, video, exercise and interviews what the Duluth model is and how to use it as an organising model when creating a coordinated community response to domestic violence.

 2 Day – Working with Male Perpetrators of Violence Against Women Workshop – 26th and 27th of July 2017  – $650 excl. GST

AT THIS STAGE THIS WORKSHOP IS BOOKED OUT! If you would like to place your name on a waitlist, click on the resister button and follow the prompts.

This workshop will reintroduce the Duluth Model of working with male perpetrators, familiarising new practitioners with the model whilst assisting experienced practitioners to further develop their expertise. Scott Miller, a key member of the DAIP (Domestic Abuse Intervention Program) team, is pleased to share the development and improvements in their approach to working with male perpetrators of violence against women.

The workshop will address:

– theories that guide the ‘Creating a Process for Change for Men Who Batter’ program.

– facilitating structured, interactive classes.

– establishing and maintaining dialogue while avoiding collusion.

– using control logs, equality logs, exercises including role-plays and video vignettes.

– helping men identify and change beliefs that support violence.

– learning how a ‘Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter’ programs fits within a Duluth Model interagency coordinated community response.

1 Day – Child Safety Interventions in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop – 28th of July 2017  – $350 excl. GST

This workshop is designed to support the broader service system in the assessment of risk and the needs of children in the context of domestic violence. This workshop is appropriate for policy makers, child protection workers, family services, Child FIRST, legal services and family violence services.

The workshop will include:

– a critical examination of how we work with women and children experiencing violence and the men who abuse them.

– how we re-prioritise work practices and policies which improve the safety of women and children.

– an exploration of the systems and institutional processes in place to respond to perpetrator accountability whilst centring the safety of women and children.

Evening Gatherings – 24th and the 26th of July 2017  – $50 per event excl. GST

ShantiWorks would like to invite attendees to an evening gathering on the 24th and the 26th of July.  This event will provide an opportunity for attendees to gather and converse, over drinks and nibbles, outside the workshop space. The venue and any entertainment will be finalised once we confirm numbers. The cost of the event includes wine, soft drink and nibbles.


Cliftons Melbourne, Level 1, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne.  Victoria.   3000.

For further information about the venue call Cliftons Melbourne on  (03) 9993 9999. 

Travel and Transport:


Secure Parking – 376 Flinders Street

Secure Parking Olderfleet – 448 Flinders Lane


Southern Cross, Flagstaff and Flinders Street Stations are all a 10 minute walk to the venue.


Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is approximately 25km from Cliftons Melbourne.

Estimated taxi fare: $50.00 AUD (one way)

Sky Bus fee: $17.00 AUD (one way)  / $28.00 AUD (return) – bus arrives at Southern Cross Station & departures are every 20 minutes.


There is a tram stop directly outside Cliftons, on the corner of William St & Collins St. Trams operating along this route are 11, 42, 48, 55, 109 & 112


Terms and Conditions:

We appreciate after securing your place in a workshop or training event unexpected circumstances can occur. We’ve attempted to work out a way that makes it possible for workshops to proceed while also supporting people to respond to unexpected events. The following policy applies:

A registered attendee may transfer a ticket to a colleague for no extra cost (please email us their details including name, organisation and any specific dietary or accessibility requirements).
ShantiWorks will refund your ticket (excluding a $100 service fee and Eventzilla/PayPal fees) if cancellation is received by Friday the 7th of July 2017 at 5pm.
After Friday the 7th of July, 2017 at 5pm, ShantiWorks will endeavour to replace your registration with another attendee. If we are successful, ShantiWorks will refund your ticket (excluding a $100 service fee and Eventzilla/PayPal fees). If we are unsuccessful in finding a replacement, your ticket will unfortunately not be refunded.

Any Further Questions:

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