Anger classes draw men in

Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012

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More South Canterbury men are referring themselves to anger management classes.

South Canterbury Violence Intervention (SCVIP) figures show 90 men sought access to services in the year to June.

That figure equates to 56 per cent of all men's programme participants.

And 236 people have received help through the organisation's services in the past 12 months - double the number of referrals 10 years ago.

Since 2002, the client list has increased to a peak of 259 in 2010, and now sits at 236 clients for the year to June 2012.

Manager Allan Walker says public campaigns including It's Not OK and Like Minds, Like Mine have contributed to an increase in self-referrals.

"I see the referral trends as a big tick; to me it totally confirms that we are positioned on the radar and enough off the radar for men to access our services."

SCVIP is an approved charity which relies on funding from the Justice Ministry, Corrections Department and Child Youth and Family. Its core services are men's anger and violence programmes and positive communication programmes for youth.

The service worked with 74 youths in the past 12 months.

Mr Walker says it has been a busy year responding to the more complex nature of people's needs.

"Our organisational shape has proved to be sound to cope with this volume increase and service needs demand."

Three facilitators and two administration staff can be working up to 30 concurrent programmes in any given week.

"This is over and above our men's group programmes work running in the evenings, off site of Community House," Mr Walker says.

Over the past 12 months SCVIP has conducted three men's group programmes alongside 95 one-to-one individual men's programmes, due to special circumstances and individual needs.

Stopping violence programmes consist of 47 hours training starting with an assessment interview prior to commencement of a 14 week course.

The youth programme aims to support young people to understand and manage the anger process and also includes additional outreach based work.

SCVIP had a total income of $181,894 in the year to June.

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