AGE GROUP: Tertiary Students
SUBJECT AREAS: Gender Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Media Studies
Call Me Dad is a story about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. At stake is the safety of children and partners, the stability of families, and the power we as a society have to intervene. These men struggle to maintain intimate relationships without resorting to abuse, physical or otherwise. We follow these men over their journey through a Men’s Behaviour Change Program as they attempt to take responsibility for their violence, change themselves – and perhaps heal fragile bonds with their loved ones.
The stories in the men’s behaviour change program give rare insight into their attitudes, behaviours, feelings and what motivates them to attend and stay in the men’s behaviour change program. Call Me Dad shows the reality of change, that it takes time, commitment and a willingness to take responsibility for violent behaviours. The ‘three steps forward, six steps back’ associated with the change process is seen in the men’s journeys throughout the film.