Research on the Nova Scotia Men’s Helpline
The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University is working with Nova Scotia’s Standing Together initiative to study the implementation of Nova Scotia’s Men’s Helpline pilot program. Together with Prof. Diane Crocker, Saint Mary’s University, NS., and the Standing Together initiative, this research will look at the implementation of the line, its challenges and successes, and the experiences of line responders and project partners as the Helpline responds to feedback in real-time. As members of the Men’s Helpline Evaluation Working Group, the research team will contribute to the collaborative analysis of statistics from the line, including call volumes and client needs assessments.
Crucial to connecting this pilot project with work being done across the country, the research team will identify ways that the Men’s Helpline could be translated nationally as an effective means of domestic violence intervention and for providing wrap-around support. Evaluating this pilot program allows us to identify best practices and create a framework for similar domestic violence prevention and intervention supports in other provinces and territories in Canada. To this end, CREVAWC will serve as a hub to connect discuss our findings with experts across Canada.
About the Men’s Helpline
Nova Scotia’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Department of Community services with community partners, 211NS and Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia, has initiated a 7-month Men’s Intervention and Support Response Pilot Program, which involves providing support services to men via a Men’s Helpline. This program will focus on facilitating access to assistance, support and intervention for men dealing with life challenges, with a particular focus on response to domestic, family and gender-based violence. During this pilot, men who call 211NS and who present with concerns that may relate to, or increase risk for, domestic violence will be connected to a specialist counsellor who can provide immediate crisis and risk management and who can also refer men to a partner agency in their community for up to four sessions of short-term individual counselling.
If you are in Nova Scotia and would like to connect with the Men’s Helpline for support, please dial 211.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Katreena Scott, Western University, ON., CREVAWC
Co-Investigator: Prof. Diane Crocker, Saint Mary’s University, NS., Standing Together
Standing Together Evaluator: Marlee Jordan
Project Manager: Dr. Nicole D. McFadyen
Research funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada
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