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Mon & Wed: 10am-6pm
Tue & Thu: 12-8pm
Fri, Sat, Sun, Bank Hols: 2-6pm

National support for male victims of domestic abuse

The National Male Advice Line (MAL) offers confidential phoneline advice and support to Male victims of domestic violence and abuse during specific hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is a FREEPHONE service.


OPENING HOURS


  • Monday & Wednesday: 10am-6pm

  • Tuesday & Thursday: 12-8pm

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Bank Hols: 2-6pm

TRUST OUR EXPERIENCE

The Male Advice Line is managed by Men’s Development Network and is supported and funded by Tusla’s Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence section.

This National Freephone Service offers confidential support to male victims, operating across seven days and 42 hours per week.

Our service is staffed by six fully qualified Counsellors and Psychotherapists who have been specifically trained in this area of work. 

Callers can be assured that at all times they will be treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality.

Our core objective is to ensure you are safe and that you can talk through what is happening to you without fear, shame or blame.

This service is also available to family and friends who may have concerns for a loved one and are seeking some guidance on how to help them.

Need to refer someone for MAL support?

You can complete and submit this form electronically online. Form can be part filled in and later completed or amended after submitting. Please send any queries to mal@mensnetwork.ie

Please print, complete and send to Derek Smith, Supervisor, Male Advice Line, c/o Men’s Development Network, Equality House, 49-50 O’Connell Street, Waterford City, Ireland.

MAL is part of the Department of Justice stillhere.ie campaign

MAL Client Support Workers for Southwest
and Dublin Regions

Joyce O'Sullivan
Fredrick Okungu

Email the MAL Team

Data Protection

Men’s Development Network, through the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and the Irish Data Protection Act 2018, is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We wish to be transparent on how we process personal data and show you that we are accountable with the GDPR in relation to not only processing your data but ensuring you understand your rights as a client.

Your data will be processed only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was given and as outlined in our Data Privacy Notice and this will be given to all our clients at the time of data collection. Please refer to our website www.mensnetwork.ie for information. If this medium is not suitable, we will ensure you can easily receive a hard copy. Please contact us at info@mensnetwork.ie if you have any concerns about how your personal data is handled.

Safeguarding

If you are aware a child is in danger as a result of witnessing domestic abuse and if you have concerns about a child then contact Tusla here.

If you have immediate concerns about a child and it is outside office hours you can contact the Gardaí directly.

One in Five

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The award-winning short film ‘One in Five’ by English writer/actor Graeme Brookes (2014) is a dramatised presentation of a true story. “It shows Domestic Abuse is not gender-specific,” says Derek Smith, Manager of Men’s Development Network’s Male Advice Line. “It can happen to anyone and the number of men who have experienced or are experiencing Domestic Abuse is increasingly prevalent in Ireland, which is why we provide the MAL service for victims.”

Additional Support

If you are the victim of a crime contact: https://victimassistance.ie/

Client Support Workers for Male Advice Line

In the spring of 2022, the Male Advice Line (MAL) run by Men’s Development Network expanded its services and staff to deliver improved supports and outcomes for men experiencing domestic abuse.

As part of a Tusla-funded pilot initiative, Client Support Workers for the Southwest (Joyce O’Sullivan) and Dublin (Fredrick Okungu) comprise MDN’s Client Support team. Responding to referrals from the Male Advice Line and other services, their role is to provide practical on-the-ground assistance, building resilience and capacity among the men they engage with.

This remote, wraparound service involves case management, crisis intervention (including individual risk assessment and safety planning) and signposting to suitable supports.

Since its launch in May 2019, the Male Advice Line has helped hundreds of men to cope with abusive behaviour, which includes emotional and physical abuse, in their relationships. It also offers advice to family members or friends of people experiencing abuse.  

However, many men on the receiving end in relationships remain reluctant or embarrassed to seek help. MAL supervisor Derek Smith says that “very often they opt to just accept their situation, rather than face the stigma of admission.”

After connecting with the Male Advice Line, men frequently gain a new perspective – realising that, as Derek puts it:

“This is a life situation; this is not their life. Our positive message is that ‘Things appear brighter when you open up.’”

The relief that comes with being listened to and feeling supported is followed by the need to plan a positive way forward. 

This is where our Client Support Workers come in. On receiving referrals from MAL, they provide practical follow-up support, be it emotional, psychological, or simply feeling they have someone, physically, “in their corner”.

With that in mind, the Client Support Workers are on hand to advocate for clients in meetings with other agencies, including housing bodies, as well as providing medical, employment, education, and legal assistance, including court accompaniment.

Their role is to be responsive to clients and to support them in their journey.


Email mal@mensnetwork.ie for more information about this service.

Dedicated MAL team members
helping victims on their journey