New help for Brimbank dads

By Tate Papworth

Brimbank has a new approach to preventing family violence.

The Brimbank Dads program has been designed to support new fathers and those with children under five to challenge gender stereotypes and build awareness about the important role fathers play.

The state government will provide $93,000 for the program in 2018-19.

Brimbank mayor Margaret Giudice welcomed the commitment.

“This funding will enable council to continue this important prevention work,” she said.

“The Brimbank Dads program will help give dads the skills and confidence to challenge rigid gender roles – we know that this is an effective way to help prevent violence against women and children.

“This program will build community awareness about the important role dads play and the positive impact they can have on children’s early years.”

The program will include weekly drop-in sessions, training and resources for early years and maternal and child health staff and a cross-cultural campaign promoting the important role fathers play.

“By better supporting fathers and showing that our community values their roles as parents – it is our hope that the Brimbank Dads program will make a real and positive difference,” Cr Giudice said.