Male Advice Line (MAL)

Type: other – phone line support
Target group: male victims of domestic abuse
Aim: ensure male victims of domestic abuse are safe and can talk through their experiences without fear, shame or blame
Setting: via confidential telephone line
Level: individual 

The Male Advice Line offers confidential phone line advice nationwide to male victims of domestic violence and abuse. The service provides emotional support, relevant information and practical advice, giving male victims time to talk through their experiences, as well as signposting to other specialist organisations. It is also available to family and friends concerned about a loved one and seeking guidance on how to help them. 

Male victims of domestic abuse represent a small percentage of the total number of victims of gender-based violence, and as such are often overlooked – the Irish government identified Men’s Development Network as the best partner to deliver a support programme, with the phone line established in 2018. Funded by TUSLA (Ireland’s Child & Family Agency), the phone line is staffed by fully-qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who have been specifically trained in this area of work.

Organisation: Men’s Development Network
Location: nationwide, Ireland
Contact person: Colm Kelly Ryan, Head of Programmes – colm[at] 

Men’s Development Network began as a grassroots organisation in 1997, bringing together men working in social care, probation, youth work, addictions, academia and health to identify key issues in their lives and offer solutions. The organisation advocates for transforming masculinities through community development and capacity-building using a non-judgmental and evidence-based inclusive approach, working with men on various levels.