Duluth - Melbourne workshops - 2017

ShantiWorks is please to present Scott Miller, from Duluth Minesotta in July 2017.

What is the Duluth Model?

Since the early 1980s, Duluth—a small community in northern Minnesota, USA—has been an innovator of ways to hold perpetrators accountable and keep victims safe. The “Duluth Model” is an ever-evolving way of thinking about how a community works together to end domestic violence. The Duluth Model is an organising method that prioritises victim safety and offender accountability within a social change framework. The model guides organisers to build interventions within systems that are aligned with the lived experience of victims.

A community using the Duluth Model approach:

  • has taken the blame off the victim and placed the accountability for abuse on the offender.
  • has shared policies and procedures for holding offenders accountable and keeping victims safe across all agencies in the criminal and civil justice systems from 911 to the courts.
  • prioritises the voices and experiences of women who experience battering in the creation of those policies and procedures.
  • believes that domestic violence is a pattern of actions used to intentionally control or dominate an intimate partner and actively works to change societal conditions that support men’s use of tactics of power and control over women.
  • offers change opportunities for offenders through court-ordered educational groups for batterers.
  • has ongoing discussions between criminal and civil justice agencies, community members and victims to close gaps and improve the community’s response to battering.

Scott Miller:

Scott Miller has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs since 2000. Scott coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence which is currently under a demonstration project funded by The Office of Violence Against Women called the Blueprint for Safety. Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth. Scott trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women. Scott has also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.

Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counter intuitive behaviours of victims.

Scott is a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth.  Scott is responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation.  Scott also conducts trainings nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse. Scott Miller has been working in the women’s movement since 1985.

Session information

Coordinated Community Response Workshop
Monday 24 - Tuesday 25 July 2017
This two day workshop will convey what the Duluth model is and how to use it as an organising model when creating a coordinated community response to domestic violence.

Working with Male Perpetrators of Violence Against Women Workshop
Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 July 2017
This workshop will reintroduce the Duluth Model of working with male perpetrators, familiarising new practitioners with the model whilst assisting experienced practitioners to further develop their expertise. 

Child Safety Interventions in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop
Friday 28 July 2017
This workshop is designed to support the broader service system in the assessment of risk and the needs of children in the context of domestic violence. This workshop is appropriate for policy makers, child protection workers, family services, Child FIRST, legal services and family violence services.


Cliftons Melbourne, 440 Collins Street Melbourne VIC
Start Date: 
Monday, 24th July 2017
End Date: 
Friday, 28th July 2017