Effective recovery services for men

A range of support options tailored to men’s needs is required

The experts consulted for the evidence review recommended that to encourage men to access support, services should be available that are tailored specifically to men and are advertised as being specifically for men. Services should accept men however they are presenting, offer friendly and relaxed environments, and be available whenever needed.

more men are needed in the sector if services are to be responsive to male survivors

What is known about effective recovery services for men who have been sexually abused? An ecidence review – Summary report (msd.govt.nz)

The experts emphasised the importance of highly trained professionals, including qualified therapists and trained peer support facilitators. The review states that attracting men to work in the specialist sexual harm support sector is a challenge and that more men are needed in the sector if services are to be responsive to
male survivors. It also suggests a need for more widespread workforce training so that staff across the health and social sectors know how to respond to disclosures of sexual harm from men.

Centralised information and campaign messages could help de-bunk myths and encourage men to seek support

The review highlights the harmful effects of negative stereotypes and myths about sexual harm of men and boys. A recommendation in the review is for a national campaign to be set up to challenge those myths and stereotypes, and educate the public about prevalence, impact and where men can get help. It would help male survivors realise they are not alone, help is available, and recovery is possible.

recommends a national website for male survivors that provides information, self-help resources and links to services.

What is known about effective recovery services for men who have been sexually abused? An ecidence review – Summary report (msd.govt.nz)

More research and better service evaluations are needed

The review highlighted a lack of evidence on the support needs of male survivors and the effectiveness of services for them. More research is needed to understand the prevalence and impact of sexual harm on men, the barriers to accessing support that different groups of men experience, and the effectiveness of different recovery approaches for men. The review recommends developing a research agenda to address these evidence gaps. It also recommends conducting high quality evaluations of current services to build our evidence base about what works in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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