Research on the Nova Scotia Men’s Helpline
The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) at Western University is working with the Government of Nova Scotia and its partners to study the implementation of Nova Scotia’s Men’s Helpline pilot.
Together with Prof. Diane Crocker, Saint Mary’s University, and Standing Together, an initiative in Nova Scotia dedicated to disrupting harmful cycles of domestic violence, this research will examine the helpline’s challenges and successes, including the experiences of line responders and project partners. The Men’s Helpline Evaluation Working Group will work together to examine various aspects of the line’s performance, including looking at call volumes, statistics, and client-needs assessments.
In order to connect the pilot to work being done across the country, the research team will identify ways that the Men’s Helpline concept could be adopted nationally as an effective means of domestic violence intervention and for providing support for Canadians who identify as men.
Evaluating the pilot will allow us to identify best practices and create a framework for similar domestic violence prevention and intervention supports in other provinces and territories. To this end, CREVAWC will serve as a hub to connect and discuss our findings with experts from across Canada.
About the Men’s Helpline
Men’s Helpline is a new service for Nova Scotians who identify as men, 18 years and older, who have concerns about their emotional well-being, safety, and/or safety of others.
By contacting 211, men can access a variety of supports and services that are specific to their needs, including information, navigation, referrals, and brief intervention counselling. This free, confidential service is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The service is available in English and French, and in multiple languages with the use of an interpreter.
The government of Nova Scotia has been working collaboratively with community partners to enhance province-wide supports for families. Enhancing support for men – and normalizing reaching out for help – are important components of an integrated and holistic approach to prevent violence against women and children.
This work is part of Standing Together, Nova Scotia’s coordinated action plan to prevent domestic violence and improve the system of supports for all Nova Scotians. Partners include 211 Nova Scotia, Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services.
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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