ACC to spend $1.7m on accommodation and counselling service for male domestic abusers

ACC will spend $1.7 million over the next three years on emergency accommodation and counselling for perpetrators of family violence.

Gandhi Nivas is an early intervention service that allows for men to "cool down", and keep women and children safe, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said in a statement.

ACC previously invested $1.32 million in the service in December 2016.

Worrying new homicide figures highlight the prominence of domestic violence in NZ.
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“Gandhi Nivas provides counselling to help people examine the consequences of their actions. It challenges people to accept responsibility, and helps them to change their behaviour," the Minister said.

“Gandhi Nivas’ early intervention approach to family violence aligns to ACC’s violence prevention strategy to reduce harm caused by violence at home. 

“The service deserves further investment, so I’m pleased ACC is providing further investment to enable expansion of services. This reflects on and rewards the success of the programme so far. 

“The funding will support the launch of a second service in Waitemata to provide wrap-around services to help people who commit family violence."

In 2018, Gandhi Nivas received 190 referrals in the first half of the year. Gandhi Nivas received 414 clients in 2017, an annual increase of 75.4 per cent.  

It was originally set up to address the problem of family harm in the Indian community, but is now open to all ethnicities. 

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