INTENSIVE – Growing the Duluth Model: Accountability Based Group Work with Perpetrators


This intensive workshop is designed for and is most appropriate for practitioners who work with perpetrators of violence against women.

When: 30th April – 1st May

Where: St Kilda Town Hall (99A Carlisle St, St Kilda)

Cost: $800+GST


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Presenters Include:

Melissa Scaia

MPA, Director of International Training at Global Rights for Women, Co-Founder of Domestic Violence Turning Points, and former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs – “the Duluth Model”

In her position at GRW, Melissa brings a wealth of experience as the recent former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), also known as “the Duluth Model.”  Prior to working in Duluth as the executive director and a trainer on “the Duluth Model” for many years, she was the executive director of Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) for 17 years.  AFFP is a local multi-county domestic violence program that provides advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, batterers intervention program (BIP), and supervised visitation program. She has also organized and lead two Coordinated Community Response(CCR) programs to address domestic violence. Melissa has co-facilitated groups for men who batter and women who use violence in Duluth, St. Louis County, and Itasca County, Minnesota.

Melissa was on the leadership team that developed and produced Duluth’s most recent development of its CCR, entitled, “Duluth Blueprint for Safety.”   In her work at GRW, she plans and conducts training on organizing and developing a CCR and partners with NGOs and communities across the globe to develop training curricula.

Melissa trains on the following topics:

  • Developing and organizing a CCR
  • Addressing women’s use of violence in a CCR
  • Advocacy for victims of domestic violence
  • Facilitating men’s behavior change programs
  • Facilitating women’s non-violence programs
  • Parenting by men who batter
  • Supervised visitation in cases of domestic violence

Melissa also provides expert witness testimony in cases of domestic violence.

Graham Barnes

New Zealand, former Duluth Men’s Program Facilitator and Trainer

Graham Barnes is Shine’s Senior Trainer and DVFREE Workplace Coordinator in New Zealand. Initially trained as a teacher, Graham has a BSW, and has worked to stop domestic violence since 1986. In Aotearoa/NZ, he set up the first men’s stopping violence programs, then worked on a national inter-agency pilot in Hamilton, based on the Duluth model. Moving to Minnesota in 2001, he worked in Duluth at DAIP, then in Auckland with Shine, developing its workplace domestic violence project. After 13 years of national and international training and technical assistance work for the Battered Women’s Justice Project  in Minneapolis, he returned to Aotearoa, New Zealand In 2016. 

Graham trains on the following topics:

  • Developing and organizing a CCR
  • Facilitating men’s behavior change programs


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Terms and Conditions

Individuals who register for ‘Growing the Duluth Model, Accountability based Group Work with Perpetrators’ must attend both days as tickets cannot be transferred between individuals throughout the duration of the workshop (9am Monday 30th April 2018 – 5pm Tuesday 1st May 2018 inclusive). If the registered individual knows they cannot attend ‘Growing the Duluth Model, Accountability based Group Work with Perpetrators’, prior to the workshop,  they can find another person from their organisation to replace them for the duration of the workshop.
ShantiWorks will refund your ticket (excluding a $100 cancelation fee) if cancellation is received by Friday the 20th of April 2018 at 5pm. After Friday the 20th of April 2018 at 5pm, tickets cannot be refunded.