ReachOut Men’s Community Outreach Service

What is ReachOut for Men?

ReachOut is an early intervention service for men wanting support to move away from a life of relationship conflict, anger and violence. It is a service offered to men who want support to make positive life style changes and work towards having more satisfying, safe and meaningful relationships in all aspects of their lives.

ReachOut currently covers Christchurch, North Canterbury and Selwyn district areas and we strive to cater to men of all ages. We are a free service.

Many men come to ReachOut through self-referrals, and we also contact men named on Police Incident reports we receive, as well as receiving referrals from other agencies within the community. Regardless of the pathway into the service, each man identifies his own needs and goals. In our work, we consider all aspects of our client’s lives, including their partners and children.

We also have a Peer Support Service where men who have begun their journey to violence-free lives are welcome and encouraged to engage with other men who have made a similar decision to change, and are willing to share their experiences. 

If you are interested in learning more about accessing our services for yourself or your family please call our 0800 line. If you are an external agency wanting to refer a client you can find our referral forms here.

What do we do?

We work in a supportive and respectful way at a pace that suits the individual.

Following an initial telephone conversation we will arrange to meet at an Aviva office or other mutually agreeable location e.g. cafe. ReachOut will work with you to mutually develop an individualised plan to work towards more positive relationships, and in follow-up meetings we will work through those steps with you. You also have support via our 24-hour 0800 AVIVA NOW (0800 28482 669) free-phone number.

In addition to supporting men to achieve safer and more fulfilling relationships, and enhanced personal wellbeing, our experience shows that working with ReachOut can:

1)    Enable children and women to become safer;

2)    Increase whole of family wellbeing;

3)    Reduce the social impact of family violence outside the home;

4)    Ease the use of Police resources to deal with repeat incidents of family violence.

What can you do as a man to be safe if an incident occurs? 

Make a Safety Plan that involves Getting Out; having a Contact Support Person; and Getting Professional Help - read more here


Download the ReachOut brochure here; and download a referral form here.

Read personal stories of change from men who are moving away from violence with the support of the ReachOut programme.

ReachOut was featured on Marae Investigates in mid 2013 and you can read an independent evaluation of ReachOut’s effectiveness. You can also like ReachOut on Facebook   

ReachOut Supporters

Aviva ReachOut Men’s service was first launched in April 2012 and has since grown to be an important part of Aviva’s range of family violence services. In it's pilot stage this service received generous support from the Canterbury Social Support Fund, the Todd Foundation, the Tindall Foundation and the Hugh Green Foundation.

The Ministry of Social Development has also invested in the growth of the service and enabled it to expand into Christchurch and Selwyn and the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust UK has made a significant investment in the service in 2014 and 2015.

We are very grateful to all of these generous supporters for their commitment to supporting Canterbury men and their families to overcome violence.