Male Survivors Canterbury

Support for Male Survivors

The MSC provides peer support to men that experienced sexual trauma.

– We meet you one on one, with the person meeting you having relevant personal experience.

– We also run weekly support groups, so you have a chance to hear what others make of moving on.

Advocacy for Male Survivors.

-We can talk to you about the ACC process around sexual abuse, telling you what other men found useful.

– We work with you if you wish to engage with other agencies. Sometimes you just need a person to back you up. We advocate for whatever you need.  

The Male Survivors Canterbury Team

Paul Dempsey

Paul Dempsey

Peer Support Team Manager

Paul sees to the care of many men that have experienced trauma that come through the CMC.

Paul does excellent direct work caring for the male survivors of sexual abuse (and others) that come through the CMC as well as has a lengthy background in facilitating our Male Survivor Peer Support Groups.

Paul has done a great job of translating his experience with men recovering trauma into training for other health a community workers and is able to provide community education to those that request this.

Paul has advancing training in the Independent Peer Support Model.

Matiu Taitoko

Matiu Taitoko

Peer Support Worker

Matiu has recently joined our Peer Support team, strengthening our ability to support men who wish to work within a Tikanga Maori framework.

Matiu has been actively involved with Male Survivors for the past two years and is currently leading the Peer Support group on Monday evenings. He prides himself and bringing a caring and supportive approach to his work while respecting the clients need to work at their own pace.

In addition to his work at the Canterbury Men’s Centre  Matiu also works with Male Survivors in the Men’s Prison.

Matt Ashton

Matt Ashton

Peer Support Worker

Matt is our Peer Support Worker and has been with the CMC since June 2019 and provides direct support to men that have survived sexual abuse.

Matt is trained in the Integrated Peer Support model and quite good at engaging the men coming through the CMC. Nice to have him on the team. 

Phone: (03) 377 6747. This line is private and secure so please leave a message if we can’t answer. 


Phone: Paul Dempsey, 0277 898304, Peer Support Worker Lead

Phone: Jim Goodwin, 0211 679488, Peer Support Worker 

We have cared for a lot of different men and invite you to get in touch if you think it’s time to talk. No commitment needed by you.

Some stories of local men (plus a female partner)

Male Survivors Canterbury Offers a Variety of Support Groups

During the Covi-19 response our groups are shuffled around to various times (during the level 3/4 they are on line). If you are a man that experienced sexual abuse you could benefit from hearing how other men that have experienced something similar make the most of life.

The groups are free. A simple  meal is generally provided at each group. Men who want to attend should first speak to one of the staff- Jim, Matt or Paul.

The first group is held every Monday night. This group is for men who want to deepen their understanding of themselves and their recovery. It is run by Jim Goodwin who is a sexual abuse survivor experienced in using peer support and action methods in groups. 

The Second Group is held every Tuesday night. It is run by a volunteer survivor who is trained in Intentional Peer Support. This group provides an opportunity for men to check in with each other about how they are doing. 


Get in Touch with the Canterbury Men's Centre

We would love to hear from you. Send us a message today.

21 Marshland Rd, Shirley, Christchurch

Call Us: 03 365 9000 | or Text Us: 022 302 4966 (SMS only)

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