DVConnect provides state-wide support and guidance over the phone around the requirements and procedures involved with court processes as they relate to Domestic and Family Violence issues and a face to face support service in some courts in SE Queensland.
Mensline provides a court support service at seven Magistrates Courts in South East Queensland for men involved in domestic and family violence procedures.
Court work and related information can also be accessed from all over the State by phoning Mensline, on 1800 600 636
Our aim is to give men the opportunity to access professional support and information to help them with improved communication, and to understand the effects of violence and abuse on them and their families at this critical time.
This support can take the form of:-
Explaining court procedures and processes and the choices available (Not legal advice) Counselling men who may be experiencing a range of emotions; either before or after court appearances
Providing choices and options for counselling, treatment or support programs
Many men can leave the court process feeling very angry and/or depressed, and often do not know where to begin to work through these strong emotions.
This may manifest in further expressions of violence towards their families, the wider community or themselves.
It is intended that Mensline Court Support service allows men to feel heard and supported at this crucial time, and assists men to gain the support needed to make positive choices towards getting their lives back in order, and to stop using violence in their relationships.
We cannot provide men with legal advice, advocate for individuals or represent them at court.
Police Referrals is a referral mechanism used by Queensland Police and other emergency service agencies to locate appropriate community or support services for people they have come in to contact with and who they believe may benefit from some assistance.
In 2012, DVConnect responded to over 4,000 ‘Police Referrals’ referred by the police and we expect this number to gradually increase as more and more police take up this referral option.
DVConnect responds to Police Referrals requests by making follow up telephone calls to people that the police have met as a result of being called out in relation to domestic violence.
This may be because the police have concerns about the ongoing safety or wellbeing of a particular individual or family member and believe they may benefit from a chat with one of our Mensline counsellors, or depending on the circumstances perhaps some advice and a referral to another appropriate service.