Good Shepherd’s Financial Independence Hub is a free and confidential service to support individuals who have experienced family and domestic violence, to move forward with managing their finances. They provide support with conversations about money, including managing debts, budgeting, work options and more.
Uniting IFVP Broadmeadows provides phone and face-to-face specialist family violence case management support – including risk assessments, safety planning, psychoeducation and referrals to external services including financial counselling and legal services – for people experiencing family violence in the Hume Moreland.
Thorne Harbour Health was formed in 1983 (initially as the Victorian AIDS Action Committee and later the Victorian AIDS Council) as a central part of the Victorian community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They serve the health needs of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities to ensure all gender, sex, and sexually diverse individuals are treated with dignity and can participate fully in society.
Family violence within LGBTI communities is known to occur at the same rates as for heterosexual relationships, if not higher for some communities such as trans and gender diverse communities.
Switchboard provides peer-driven support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, their families, allies and communities. Switchboard’s peer-led services include Rainbow Door and QLife.
Rainbow Door is a free specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline providing information, support, referral and short term case management. We support people of all ages and identities with issues including family and intimate partner violence (including elder abuse), relationships, mental health and wellbeing.
Drummond Street Services is a not-for-profit community service organisation that works from a human rights-based framework in the provision of support for individuals, families, and communities. This service provides a variety of counselling services options to the LGBTIQA+ community.
Kara House provides safe and secure accommodation for women and children escaping family violence in Inner Eastern Melbourne, as well as material aid to address immediate needs. Their specialist family violence practitioners provide advice, information, and legal and emotional support including outreach support for clients in motels waiting for crisis accommodation.
Elizabeth Morgan House provides culturally safe, holistic family violence support for Aboriginal women and children as well as parents of Aboriginal children, partners and ex-partners of Aboriginal people in Victoria. They can assist with housing, financial difficulties, Child Protection concerns, and school matters; as well as referrals and advocacy to services such as legal, medical and health services, drug and alcohol counselling, financial counselling and children’s services.
Berry Street provides phone and face-to-face support, including risk assessments, safety planning, referrals to emergency accommodation, therapeutic services for children, court and legal support in the Centrals Highlands area. They also run the Mother Infant Village, a safe and nurturing environment for mothers and children who have experienced family violence in Ballarat.