No to Violence – Australia’s largest peak body for delivering safe and effective interventions for men who use violence and Men’s Referral Service provider – has welcomed the NSW Government’s $21 million announcement to boost the family violence sector.
This includes $3 million for organisations that work with men who use violence.
No to Violence will work closely with colleagues across the state, including the Government and Men’s Behaviour Change Network, to ensure the timely and high-quality delivery of programs that support men in changing their abusive behaviour.
“Family violence begins – and ends – with men,” Chief Executive Officer Jacqui Watt said.
“If we don’t effectively engage and intervene with men who use family violence, we will never be able to keep women and children safe.
“That’s why today’s announcement of an additional $3 million by Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Mark Speakman is so vital.
“The social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are only just starting. We know family violence rates will increase as we feel the impact of unemployment and other social and economic challenges.
“The Men’s Referral Service has seen increases in demand, including spikes after major announcements. This also follows the catastrophic effects of the summer bushfires.
“Our message to men who are about to use violence is to stop, pick up the phone, and call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or go online at www.ntv.org.au. It is a free, confidential service that can help you to be the man you want to be.”
Minister Speakman said he was pleased to support the important work of No to Violence as part of today’s comprehensive funding announcement for frontline domestic violence services.
“Men’s behaviour change and early intervention are so important if we are going to shift the dial of domestic and family violence in NSW,” Mr Speakman said.
“We need perpetrators to be recognising and taking responsibility for their behaviour before it’s too late and certainly before we see another tragic outcome for an innocent family.”