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Losing your cool is embarrassing, but it happens to all of us. For some of us it's no big deal but, if it becomes a habit and starts to affect the ones we love, we can begin to lose their respect and their trust pretty quickly. If we do nothing about it, there's a good chance we will lose them altogether.

When it comes to relationships and conflict, we can only use the best tools that we've been given. No amount of willpower is going to change that. Until someone shows us new ways of managing our temper and communicating with others, we're probably going to keep doing what we've always done.

The Circuit Breaker course is somewhere that thousands of people have been able to find help, change and a new life. It's a ten week group based program for anyone who feels their temper is affecting the quality of their relationships.

With training and support, churches and community groups can now deliver the Circuit Breaker program in their local communities; bringing hope to people who are becoming abusive.

Facilitators of the program don't need to be counsellors or teachers. Most of them are ordinary people who take an interest in others, and step up to facilitate discussions in small groups. They do this with the strong support of a proven program, course videos, a comprehensive facilitator manual, online training and support.

Would you like to bring hope to unhappy homes?

We'd love to show you how.

What our participants say...

"If I didn't change the way I talk to my sons, they were going to pick up on all the strategies I used to control the family... The tools that I got from Circuit Breaker allowed me to deal with the many issues."

(Walter - Gold Coast)

"... life-changing, eye-opening, family-growing and marriage enriching..."

(Rachael - Springwood)

"I got more out of the first 30 mins of Circuit Breaker than out of the ten offender programs I had to do in jail."

(John - Brisbane)

"If I hadn't done this course, I actually don't know where I'd be right now."

(Simon - Gold Coast)


"I have known Matt Boulton professionally for more than a decade and have been impressed with his past work in counselling with couples and individuals caught up in domestic and family violence. Matt has applied his vast learnings and experience in developing 'Circuit Breaker', an outstanding program to help our communities to respond to domestic and family violence in proactive ways rather than reactively. I recommend any civic leader and helping professionals to take a close look at this life changing program."

Peter Janetzki

Dip.T., Grad.Dip.Soc.SC., M.Soc.Sc. (Counselling).

CCAA (Clin.), CCAA (Reg Supervisor), PACFA Reg. 21092, ARCAP Reg., MIACN.

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Educator & former host of Talking Life Talkback Program 96Five FM

"It is a privilege to offer an endorsement of Matt Boulton for the work he is doing to combat and assist people affected by domestic violence (DV). Matt’s Circuit Breaker courses, along with his delivery through training and workshops offer skills for the ‘lay people helper’, skills that assist them to feel confident to broach the subject of DV. I believe Circuit Breaker offers a place of respect where perpetrators of DV can gain skills to manage and confront their issues that keep them stuck in the cycle of violence and reoffending."

Susan Daniel

Mast Couns, Adv Dip Couns & Family Therapy

Regional Director of (A.I.F.C) Australian Institute of Family Counselling

"... I have never been so impressed by a course's material as I have with Circuit Breaker... for me the single most important factor is that there are no labels, whether victim, offender, witness to DV, no one is made to wear a label. People ... are made to feel valued, someone with worth and dignity and as such this forms the starting point and building block from which the program springboards. This is a tremendous course that is scalable and flexible, so much so it can be run in McDonalds, a Church or a prison. I wholeheartedly support the program and believe it is not just a game changer but a life changer!"

Graham Hembrow

Chairperson - State Chaplaincy Board for Corrections, Inside-Out Prison Chaplaincy Coordinator, Carinity

"It is with great pleasure that I provide this endorsement for both Ps Matt Boulton and the Circuit Breaker Course for the early prevention of domestic violence. Matt has delivered this program so far to 5 churches in the City of Logan with many more interested, and has trained others in the delivery of this highly effective course... Matt’s insightful & inspiring presentation of this information & program has resulted in the empowerment of individuals and churches to address the issue of domestic violence and provide positive responses and outcomes for our community."

(Former) Councillor Steve Swenson

Councillor for Division 3, Logan City Council

Circuit Breaker is an initiative of

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