Male victims forgotten | Northern Rivers Echo
Saturday, May 16, 2015
One in Three Campaign

Local DV support 'non-existent'

As awareness surrounding domestic violence towards women ramps up across Australia, a minority remains largely unnoticed by the media, governments and the public.

It's often forgotten that at least one-third of all domestic violence victims are male, with females comprising roughly one third of perpetrators, according to research by the One in Three Campaign.

Like most of Australia the Northern Rivers has no dedicated support services for male victims, One in Three researcher Greg Andresen said.

"In terms of services on the ground, I'm not aware of any specifically dealing with male victims or survivors," he said.

"Local crisis services will see anyone, whether male or female, so if you're in crisis or danger then absolutely go to the police, or if you need general counselling if you're feeling depressed or suicidal as a result of what's happening, give Lifeline (13 11 44) a call.

"Those sort of generic services are often a good help even though there may not be specific services on the ground."

Male victims can phone Mensline on 1300 78 99 78 every day, 24 hours a day.

Mr Andresen noted there may be some help coming to the region in the form of a husband and wife counselling team dealing with male victims.

The Echo will follow that up in coming weeks.

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