Early intervention with men who use violence (eMATE)
eMATE is a first of its kind early intervention tool for men using violence in their relationship. It draws upon two previous studies by The University of Melbourne: Promoting early intervention with men’s use of violence in relationships through primary care (PEARL) and development/evaluation of a web-based healthy relationship tool/safety decision aid for women experiencing domestic violence (I-DECIDE). PEARL found that a technological early intervention would be acceptable to men whilst I-DECIDE used self-reflection, priority setting, motivational interviewing and non-directive problem solving techniques in an online format to provide support to female victims of domestic violence.
eMATE will develop, refine, and test an evidence-based smartphone tool for men who have used violence in their intimate relationships (e-MATE). The tool aims to intervene early by raising awareness of abusive behaviours and encouraging self-reflection and help-seeking before violence escalates. The tool will be designed to be used independently by a male user either alongside first-line support provided by health professionals; or promoted by the Men’s Referral Service at the point of initial contact or as men wait to attend a men’s behaviour change programme.