The South East Domestic Violence Intervention Programme (SEDVIP) was set up as a regional initiative under the auspices of the South East Regional Planning Committee on Violence Against Women in response to the Report of the Task Force on Violence against Women (April 1997).
In July 2003 the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform funded the management and coordination of the SEDVIP by the Men’s Development Network to assist with the further development of the programme in the four areas that make up the region, Carlow/Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
The name MEND (men ending domestic abuse) was chosen in 2007 to reflect more accurately the work being carried out in the programme and to highlight men’s responsibility for changing their behavior.
The programme in each area is supported by a local steering group.
Members of these four steering groups represent:
- Women’s Refuges
- The Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse counselling centres
- Carlow Women’s Aid, Victim Support
- Local Area Networks on Violence against Women
- Community Development Groups
- Family Resource Centres
- Health Board workers (including childcare, social workers, mental health, clinical psychologists)
- Counsellors and Psychotherapists
- The Probation Service
- The Gardaí
- Men’s Networks
The SEDVIP adopts a twin approach to running the programme in the South East:
- Contact with the partner/ex-partner of the men who contact the programme in parallel with
- A weekly group for male perpetrators.
Definition of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behaviour against an intimate partner or ex-partner, that includes but is not limited to physical assaults, sexual assaults, emotional abuse, isolation, economic abuse, threats, stalking and intimidation. (Respect Best Practice Guidelines October 2004)
MEND is here to help with anger management in the Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford regions, we encourage anyone who wishes to seek help to contact us confidentially on 051 878866.