Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4066 ..
i. In 2018-19, DVCS supported 712 male clients including victims and perpetrators.
ii. In 2018-19, 58 new male clients who reported experiencing domestic and family violence accessed OneLink for support.
July 2019-present: Data for July 2019 to the present day has not yet been reported.
2. Male victims of domestic and family violence in the ACT can seek specialist support from DVCS, including 24/7 crisis intervention, legal advocacy and safety planning. Other organisations that offer support for male victims of domestic and family violence in the ACT include:
• Relationships Australia ACT
• Service Assisting Male survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSA)
• Victim Support ACT
• Legal Aid ACT
• 1800 RESPECT
3. For data relating to male clients of DVCS, please see the answer to Question 1.
Relationships Australia ACT, SAMSAA, Everyman, Menslink, Victim Support ACT and Legal Aid ACT are ACT-based organisations that provide services to address a range of issues not limited to domestic and family violence. These organisations do not disaggregate their reporting data based on the type of issue addressed for each client (such as being a victim of domestic violence) and gender as part of their service funding agreements or in annual reports. Consequently, the number of males in the ACT receiving services for domestic violence from these organisations cannot be reported.
Mensline,1800 RESPECT and Lifeline are national organisations that also provide services to address a range of issues not limited to domestic and family violence. These organisations do not disaggregate client data by type of victimisation, state/territory and gender. Consequently, data related to male victims of domestic violence in the ACT cannot be provided for these organisations.
4. As per answer to Q2.
5. There are no refuges that are specifically dedicated to men in the ACT. DVCS provides support to both men and women escaping domestic and family violence, including support to find emergency accommodation.
The DVCS Domestic Violence Christmas Program, which utilises motel accommodation over the Christmas period (from mid-December to mid-January), is delivered by DVCS each year in partnership with a range of ACT specialist homelessness services. This program provides the service for men and women.
Men who have experienced domestic and family violence can seek support (including accommodation support), through the ACT’s largest support agency for men, EveryMan Australia. In particular, Everyman Australia’s Early Intervention Program has an accommodation component.