Eliminating Violence through Music

By Helen Tung

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“Men must teach each other that real men do not violate or oppress women – and that a woman’s place is not just in the home or the field, but in schools and offices and boardrooms.”


What is Violence Free Families doing?

Violence Free Families, which was founded by Brighton Rotary, has developed an Online Men’s Behaviour Change Program to benefit families affected by violence in the home. The program was developed by a consortium of expert organisations and is based on the Duluth model developed in the US. This has been used for many years for face-to-face group behaviour change programs.

The model focuses on a broad notion of power and control and confronts clients with the reality of their violence and encourages them to take responsibility for it. The program aims to help clients improve their insight and provides ways of changing their behaviour. The program provide non-judgmental support from facilitators and the interaction of the group also engages the users in the process of change.


Working in line with the values and mission of the United Nations Secretary General's campaign UNITE, UNICEF and UNWOMEN to prevent violence against women and children, VFF’s innovative programs provides original and practical approaches to ending violence.

The Challenge?

To support VFF’s wonderful work, Helen Tung, a White Ribbon Advocate* is using her time and energies to raise funds by competing in the 10th Yokohama International Music Competition as an amateur pianist in August 2016.

Inspired by Music For Life International and Alan Rushbridger’s experience, Helen aims to play 20 minutes a day leading up to the competition. She is raising $8,000 to support her performance in Paris and the VFF project in the next three months.

Why music?

Studies show the connection between the power of music and behavioural change. I wanted to take on this challenge of competing in this Piano competition as a way of showing how by challenging oneself we can hopefully change for the better. By taking 20 minutes a day in practising the piano, I am using that time with the goal of raising awareness of violence against individuals. It is a conscious act which I am embracing and would like to share with others who would also like to change something in their lives, be it a behaviour or an action.

Why $8,000?

VFF over the last three years has spent $260,000 in developing the program and the pro bono time contributed would at least double this amount. It has been through three field trials that were evaluated by the University of Melbourne and it received excellent ratings. It costs $2,000 to fund one participant over the 14 week duration of the program. $8,000 raised will enable Helen to compete at the International Amateur Piano competition (guestimate $2000) to raise awareness of VFF’s work and will fund three clients.

Whilst the campaign on chuffed is over. I welcome any further donations and support leading up to 13 August 2016. Please get in touch: [email protected]

Helen shares her thoughts on Impact of music and change.

Thank you for your support

*Helen is a lawyer, mediator and advocate. A strong believer in diversity, empowerment and mindfulness. She advises startups, future technologies and interested in crowdfunding litigation.

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