Posted 23 April 2020 2:29pm

EveryMan is trialling a new support service to help combat a predicted rise in Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Connect & Support is a dedicated phone service for people who feel they are at risk of using violence to seek support from an experienced Violence Prevention Services practitioner.

Connect & Support aims to improve the safety of people affected by violence in their relationships.

EveryMan is a Canberra based support service with over 25 years’ experience of working with men who have high and complex needs.

As active members of No to Violence, the peak body of organisations and individuals working with men to end family violence, EveryMan adheres to industry best practice as it evolves.

During the COVID 19 crisis, EveryMan has modified interventions in line with standards and guidelines for online violence prevention services as they are developed by relevant state and territory authorities and No To Violence.

EveryMan recognises that some homes may not be safe places under the social distancing and home isolation rules. Connect & Support aims to reduce the risk of people becoming violent during times of confinement, unemployment, financial difficulties, physical or mental illness, and heightened stress on family life.

Connect & Support is available to anyone who needs it - not only to men at risk of using violence against women, but to members of Canberra’s LGBTIQA+ community and to women with male partners.

EveryMan invites people who are at risk of using violence to be responsible for their emotional responses to trying circumstances. Through Connect & Support, EveryMan offers strategies to help manage strong emotions. Practitioners in the Violence Prevention Services team also consider the wider dynamics of the family system and what elements may practically be addressed to improve the situation.

EveryMan receives regular referrals to their Violence Prevention Services from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Family Violence Coordination Team, following Police attendance at households due to incidents of family conflict. EveryMan's primary Violence Prevention Services program is ‘Working With the Man', a case management-based program for men who use violence, offering strengths-based, wrap-around support, and additional confidential support for partners and family members.  

Connect & Support is a new option that is now open to referrals from the AFP, community organisations and government services. Individuals may also refer themselves, or a friend or family member. People who engage with Connect & Support may also choose to also engage in counselling or case management. There is no cost to participate in EveryMan's Violence Prevention Services.

For free, confidential support call Connect & Support on 1300 261610 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or leave a message outside of those hours. You can also send us a written message at any time - click here 

If you are concerned about the immediate safety of family members call the AFP on 131444 or 000. For urgent, out of hours support call: Lifeline - 13 11 14, MensLine - 1300 78 99 78, or Domestic Violence Crisis Service - 6280 0900.  

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