SA men getting help to stop violence against women
Hundreds of South Australian men have sought help to address their violent abusive behaviour through new fast-tracked domestic violence services backed by the State Government during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three newly funded initiatives – the 24/7 Men’s Referral Service hotline, the Don’t Become that Man program and support services being delivered by Kornar Winmil Yunti – received a total of $1.65 million as part of funding received from the Federal Government to tackle DV during the pandemic.
Up to January 31 2021, 514 men used the Don’t become that man program delivered by Community Transitions (which provides specialist counselling and support services) and men's programs from Aboriginal-led organisation Kornar Winmil Yunti (KWY).
The data for client contacts with these services shows:
- 80 per cent indicated they had no previous contact with the service
- 94 per cent were concerned about their own use of violence and/or abuse while six per cent were requesting information or supporter referral options for another person
- 94 per cent received counselling and/or crisis intervention services
- 13 per cent were aged under 24 years, 39 per cent were aged 25-34, 24 per cent were aged 35-44, and 20 per cent were aged 45 or over (the remaining four per cent did not disclose age)
- 60 per cent reside in metropolitan areas while 32 per cent reside in a regional location (the remaining eight per cent did not provide residential location).
In addition to the two locally based services, additional funding was provided last year to the national Men’s Referral Service hotline. It provides 24/7 telephone counselling, information, and referral to local services including as Community Transitions and KWY.
Data up to 31 January 2021 for the Men’s Referral Service hotline shows:
- 156 new contacts from South Australia
- calls to the hotline ranged in time from two minutes to over an hour and a half
- in many cases, contact continued with clients after the initial call or callers were referred to local services for further treatment.
Providing support to perpetrator early intervention not only helps men but it aims to keep women and children safe too. South Australia is sending a strong message to perpetrators to stop and get the support they need and as a community, we all have a responsibility to ensure all violence ends and the next generation grows up to respect women.
Any man who is concerned about his behaviour, or partners and family members who are concerned, is urged to take up the offer of support and get help to change before harm is done.
24/7 Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491
Don’t Become that Man: 1300 24 34 13 (8am-8pm)
KWY: (08) 8377 7822 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)
DV Crisis Line: 1800 800 098
For more information on domestic violence and how to get help in South Australia, visit www.breakthecycle.sa.gov.au.Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021