Mensline Court Support
Mensline Court workers interview and engage with men who have been involved in domestic and family violence situation before they appear in court. Mensline works within five give domestic and family violence (DFV) courts in Beenleigh, Ipswich, Brisbane, Holland Park and Richlands. Mensline assists men (identified as either respondents or aggrieved) who are appearing at court where an application has been made for a DFV Protection Order either by the Queensland Police Service or as a private application by an aggrieved or a victim, regardless of gender.
Without collusion with men workers will challenge alleged abusive behaviour robustly but non-judgementally, and assess whether men comprehend the affects of violence and abuse on their partners, their families, on themselves.
Mensline unequivocally supports Behaviour Change Programs with approved providers and approved intervention programs. For those men who are taking responsibility for their use of violence and abuse and are demonstrating a commitment to making unconditional agreements to change their abusive behaviour there is hope and the Mensline worker will work towards a court intervention for the man to be able to attend what men later sometimes call a life-changing program.
Mensline acknowledges and actively promotes the notion that when provided with clear and practical strategies to expand behavioural choice, men have the capacity for positive change and are often grateful for the chance to change behaviours.
What we can do for you
- We can provide you with information and if required telephone counselling about domestic violence (9am – midnight, 7 days a week)
- We can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services which may be able to assist you further
- We can provide information about Domestic Violence Court procedures, and refer you to other legal services
What we cannot do for you
- We cannot support you financially
- We cannot provide you with legal advice, advocate for you, or represent you at Court
- We cannot schedule ongoing counselling or ‘telephone appointments’ with one particular counsellor