The Men’s Development Network has expanded its services to ensure a suite of supports are now available to male victims of domestic violence and abuse in in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
The network has appointed a Client Support Worker to work in that region offering face to face case management support, safety planning, crisis intervention, referrals & advocacy and court accompaniment.
Since its launch in May 2019, the freephone service has helped hundreds of men to cope with abusive behaviour including emotional and physical abuse in their relationships. It also offers advice to family members or friends of people experiencing abuse.
After connecting with the Male Advice Line, men frequently gain a new perspective – the positive message of the service is that “Things appear brighter when you open up.”
The Male Advice Line is staffed by six trained counsellors and operates across seven days and 42 hours every week as follows:
- Monday 10am – 6pm
- Tuesdays 12 – 8pm
- Wednesday 10am – 6pm
- Thursday 12-8pm
- Friday 2-6pm
- Saturday 2-6pm
- Sunday 2-6pm,
- Bank Holidays 2-6pm
Service users’ anonymity is assured. Client Support Workers will respond to referrals from the Male Advice Line and other services. Their role is to provide practical, on-the-ground assistance, building resilience and capacity among men they engage with.
This remote, wraparound service will involve case management, crisis intervention including individual risk assessment and safety planning and signposting to supports.
The new Case Support Workers will be on hand to advocate for clients in meetings with other agencies, such as housing bodies, as well as providing medical, employment, education and legal assistance, including court accompaniment.
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