This research aimed to learn about the happiness perception of men with violent behavior, attended by a nucleus of assistance to victims of violence in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. For this, 16 men with restraining orders for assaulting their partners (Lei Maria da Penha - 11.340/2006) were interviewed. This study involved descriptive research (qualitative approach), and data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. For the discussion, three subcategories related to Subjective Well-Being were organized into: conception of happiness, challenges in being happy, and attitudes required in being happy. The word "family" was referenced by abusers in all subcategories. When it comes to involving violence between intimate partners, this new approach intends to make men a part of the solution rather than just the problem.