Support for men on Vancouver Island
Working with the ManKind Project we are often approached by men looking for support, and although we can usually help to some degree, we sometimes refer men and women to other resources. For men (males 16 or older) in Victoria, Canada, who have experienced emotional, physical or sexual trauma the Men’s Trauma Centre offers Victim Support Services & Group and Individual Counselling. Clients may have suffered from abuse as a child, be a victim of crime, have been abused in relationship, or experienced some other traumatic event or events. Support staff have many years of experience in this field. They can contacted at (250) 381-6367 (general info or counselling) or (250) 381-0493 (Victim Services), or via email.
A little further up the Island, the Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre offers a variety of services for men and women, to:
- provide support and referrals for men
- promote connections with partners and families
- promote community awareness regarding men and men’s issues
- help men with family court/divorce, seperation, custody and access issues
- support men in learning to communicate and enrich existing relationships.
The Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre, as I posted about earlier, is also starting up the Dad’s Make a Difference program, working with families immediately after the birth of the children to instill connection and responsibility in both partners. This program is inspired by Gardner Wiseheart’s very successful program at Healthy Families San Angelo, begun about 12 years ago, which is now in many areas.
For men in the Cowichan Valley, the Cowichan Men’s Resource Centre in Duncan provides a place where men can connect with each other, find assistance in crisis, and access community resources. They can be reached at (250) 732-1471 or emailed for support or to volunteer.
I support these initiatives because they emphasize personal responsibility, healing, and fostering relationships rather than confrontation and blame.