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Previous research finds that…

  • On average, couples wait about six years before getting help; however, the majority (71%) of people who have seen a counsellor report that it was a worthwhile experience for them
  • Reluctance to seek treatment places stress on families and support people who can experience financial hardship, their own emotional and physical health problems, and risks to personal safety and family conflict
  • Barriers to service usage can include location, lack of transport, perception of the service as irrelevant, inappropriate or stigmatising, and a lack of quality, long-term and/or specialist staff

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