New Domestic Violence Hotline for Men open for Business

New Domestic Violence Hotline for Men open for Business

Minister for Women Pru GowardMinister for Women Pru Goward today announced the opening of NSW’s first telephone counselling and referral service for men.

The Men’s Referral Service offers an anonymous and confidential counselling service to men 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“A core part of the NSW Government’s plan to prevent domestic violence is to educate and support men who are susceptible to committing domestic violence,” Ms Goward said.

“The hotline is staffed by trained counsellors who work with male callers and refer them to appropriate service providers and specialist services.”

The 1300 766 491 hotline will be managed by the non-government organisation, ‘No to Violence.’

The Men’s Referral Service hotline has been widely used in Victoria and in the past two years alone has received more than 4,000 calls.

Danny Blay, CEO of ‘No to Violence’ said for over twenty years the Men’s Referral Service has provided opportunities for men to have one of the most important conversations of their lives – considering a life free from violence and abuse.

“The Men’s Referral Service is one of the central cogs in the Victorian state-wide response to domestic and family violence, and the commencement of service in NSW continues the important work being done in that state to ensure the safety of women and children,” said Mr Blay.

“Men in NSW can stop the violence towards women and children, and the Men’s Referral Service will be there to work with them.”

The 1300 766 491 hotline is funded by a $2 million commitment from the NSW Government.

 

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