‘ Ka oranga te tangata, Ka oranga te whanau, Ka ora tonu nga hapori katoa
(Healthy Men, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities) (Tom Moke)
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Male Support Services Waikato: a charitable trust that supports males who are victims of physical, mental, emotional, domestic and sexual abuse.
MSS is here in the Waikato especially for the specific needs of our male youth and adult survivors. We know that our boys and men can be victims of all forms of abuse including domestic violence and rape. As communities change perceptions about who can and cannot be a victim, more men and boys are finding the courage and support to seek the help and care they need.
Physical abuse is often the easiest form of abuse to identify for ourselves. When someone hits or threatens you and/or those around you with violence this is physical abuse. This can happen to males at any age from anyone and can be preceded by emotional/mental abuse.
Emotional/Mental abuse is far easier to brush aside, disbelieve or be confused about. If spending time with someone significant leaves you feeling worthless, isolated and/or depressed this may be a sign of emotional/mental abuse. People sometimes describe it as feeling like having to "...walk on eggshells".
Sexual Abuse of children in New Zealand is prevalent, 1 in 6 boys under the age of 16 are sexually abused. The impacts of sexual abuse may become serious and lifelong; negatively affecting self, families, others and day to day life.
If you feel afraid for yourself or others, feel like you are constantly forced into things, controlled, watched, feel worthless or depressed these may be signs of abuse from past or present events. Abusive relationships can occur to men, women and children at anytime in their lives. They can cost us our happiness, our goals and our dreams but it costs nothing to give us a call at MSS WAIKATO.
Our service is free and we offer:
- Confidential listening and care
- One on one and/or group work support
- Information and Resources
- Referrals for specialized support
- Crisis phone support 0800 MSSATW
- Support with court Hearings
- Whanau/Family support and advice
- Advocacy in area of need you may have as a survivor
MSS Waikato also aims to work together alongside our survivors and collaborate with other agencies to protect our children, support victims and families and educate communities in order to prevent the further abuse of all our people.
The Trust is an Approved ACC Supplier and Ministry of Development/ Child, Youth and Family Approved as of the 5th May 2014.
'He manga wai koia kia kore e whitikia' ( It is indeed a big river that can not be crossed)