One way of externalising the ideas and discourses that support men’s domestic violence and abuse,whilst maintaining the language that supports responsibility-taking, is through the use of Troublemaker Cards. These cards can be used as a resource in men’s groups; with men individually; with couples; or even with women survivors individually or in groups. For the men, the questions on the cards support a double storied approach where they can begin to create new future relationships based on non-abuse and respectfulness.
While there are currently 16 Troublemakers identified, one particular powerful and overarching Troublemaker, “Own-her-ship” (men’s ownership of women), is discussed in this video by Ryan Greenwell. A practice example from a men’s domestic violence group is included in which “Own-her-ship” was exposed and deconstructed which had the effect of turning around the group’s previous irresponsible position in regards to their abuse, into a group of men who appeared committed to change with greater responsibility.
Click here to view Ryan’s whiteboarding document.
Click here to see Ryan’s Troublemaker document.
Ryan works as a group co-facilitator for Relationships Australia WA in Men’s Domestic Violence and Women Survivors of Domestic Violence, as well as a practitioner for early intervention mental health for children and families. Operating in the small city of Mandurah, just 70 kms south of Perth, Ryan is a qualified Social Worker and a graduate of the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work in 2014 through the University of Melbourne. Over his four years of delivering and co-facilitating the program requirements in the mandated and voluntary men’s domestic violence groups, he has included interventions that have been adapted from the writings of Michael White and Alan Jenkins. Ryan is particularly interested in how discourses and language shape realities, responsibility and agency.