ACC provides additional funding for Gandhi Nivas facilities for men who use violence

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ACC has provided Gandhi Nivas with an additional $1.7m in funding over three years, to expand their services.

Gandhi Nivas provides emergency housing, counselling and referral for men who have either been issued with a Police Safety Order, or are otherwise involved with police for family violence. This includes operating secure housing facilities that provide temporary accommodation and services for men. The programme also includes services for the partners/women and children who remain in their home. 

The first facility was set up in Ōtāhuhu, Counties Manukau in 2014. The second facility providing emergency housing and intervention services was built in the converted Te Atatū Police Station. A third facility is planned to open in Papakura, South Auckland later this year.

Gandhi Nivas and Sahaayta Counselling & Social Support signed an agreement with NZ Police to reflect their expansion in Auckland.

The original programme was initially designed to provide services to South Asian and Fijian Indian men, but a 2016 preliminary statistical description of the programme found that Māori, Pacific, Middle Eastern, Pākehā and Asian men also use the service.

For more information see the Beehive press release and our previous story ACC investing $1.3 million in Gandhi Nivas working with perpetrators.

Selected and related media

Police back scheme offering time out for family violence offenders, Radio NZ, 02.12.2018

Third intervention centre for men, Times Online, 12.10.2018

Gandhi Nivas opens its third branch in Auckland, Indian Newslink, 08.09.2018

New house for perpetrators of domestic violence to open in Auckland's Papakura, One News, 18.08.2018

ACC to spend $1.7m on accommodation and counselling service for male domestic abusers, One News, 16.08.108

Auckland centre helping reduce family violence by working with perpetrators expands service, NZ Herald, 15.08.2018

Businesses asked to help violent men in south Auckland control their anger, Stuff, 27.07.2018

New Centre opens for community engagement in Auckland, Indian Newslink, 16.07.2018

New home to help prevent family violence, 06.04.2018, Papakura Courier