Men and Violence in Relationships

Category Medical/Health
Subject Men and Violence in Relationships
Speaker Leo Ryan
Telephone 0447 224 653
Excluded areas
Rotarian No
Comments Leo has been a Counsellor for the major part of his working life. During that time he has dealt with a vast range of issues that people experience during their lives. However very early on in his career he became aware he was seeing a lot of female clients who were being abused in a variety of ways by their husbands/partners/boyfriends. Given how common this was it became the main focus of his work.
He and a colleague ran the first group in Australia for men who were violent to their spouses and/or families. This gained a lot attention from the media and Leo was interviewed by all sectors of the media, including ABC morning program AM, The Today Show on Ch 9, ABC program 7.30, many other radio stations and several newspapers.
Leo was part of a group involved in training others about this issue from what they were learning, including police. He was also involved in setting up services in Adelaide and Canberra to help people experiencing violence in their relationships. He gave talks and seminars on the subject to many groups, including doctors, nurses, counsellors, politicians, church groups, Lifeline workers, police etc., etc. He has also written a lot about this issue, including an ebook.
It was in the late 1970s that Leo began focusing on this issue and he believes very little has changed over that time. A highlight of what he talks about is why he thinks this is so.

About Rotary District 9685

Rotary District 9685 is one of two districts in Sydney, Australia. It's boundaries stretch from the Mountains to the Sea north of Sydney Harbour, reaching across the Hawkesbury River and north to Toukley on the Central Coast. The Blue Mountains define its western boundary, beautiful beaches define its eastern border, and rural communities make up its western and northern borders.
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