Type of service: Aboriginal family violence service
There are a range of specialist family violence services located within Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, or programs in community health services or local family violence services that provide responses such as case management, accommodation, therapeutic programs and other tailored programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation (Winda-Mara) is a community controlled organisation located in South West Victoria with offices in Heywood and Hamilton and an 80km service area.
Winda-Mara was established in 1991 as a result of members within the community wanting to provide better health, education and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the area and has a membership base of over 200 members.
Indigenous Integrated Family Violence Case Management Support Workers ensure appropriate referral and case management of Aboriginal men, as part of the Integrated Family Violence Services System (IFVSS) for the Southern Metropolitan Region.
This includes client assessment including a risk assessment, development and monitoring of appropriate case plans and advocating with referral services.
The Aboriginal Transitional Housing Support Program supports women and children to obtain long term housing, employment and education, in order for them to be safe.
They provide case management including information and advocacy and/or assistance with accessing appropriate long-term housing, crisis resolution, safety planning and Family Action Plans, multidisciplinary interventions and life skills training, and links to employment, education and counselling services.
They can also support clients to liaise with police and courts, support and apply for funding and flexible support packages and making reports to Child Protection.
Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service provides programs and services that support Aboriginal women, children, young people, men and same-sex couples affected by family violence. It includes advocacy, counselling, referrals, education and information, and social recreational and cultural activities.
One of Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service’s programs, the Strong Men Strong Communities Project, aims to work with Aboriginal men to prevent, reduce and respond to all forms of family and community violence. The program is designed to assist Aboriginal men to identify their emotions and personal strengths and in doing so, discover their own leadership potential and develop a vision for a safer life, safer family and ultimately safer community.
Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation providing practical support to Aboriginal people who are currently experiencing family violence or have in the past.
Djirra offers Aboriginal women counselling sessions, safety planning discussions and follow-up support, financial assistance through Flexible Support Packages, and personalised referrals to specialist support services with issues such as housing and homelessness, drugs and alcohol, parenting, debt and employment.
Djirra’s Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service supports Aboriginal people affected by family violence and non-Aboriginal people experiencing family violence who are parents of Aboriginal children. They provide legal advice and representation, including court representation in relation to Intervention Orders, Family Law, Child Protection and Victims of Crime assistance.
Djirra provides services across Victoria with offices in metropolitan and regional areas. Their services include telephone and face-to-face legal and non-legal support.
Djerriwarrh Health is a local health service located in the Moorabool and Melton Shires, with six campuses located at various sites in Bacchus Marsh, Melton and Caroline Springs and provides an extensive range of allied health and community based services.
Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Services (BWAHS) provides specialist family violence support for the Eastern Metropolitan Region and Inner and Outer East, including services and programs to Aboriginal individuals and families who are experiencing, at risk of experiencing family violence or use violence.
BWAHS provides family violence and trauma-informed intensive case management, integrated family services responses and evidence-based therapeutic programs to individuals and groups for a whole of family approach.
The BDAC Family Safety Team provides services and programs for community members affected by family violence.
They work with men, women, children and families as a whole, in healing, case management, therapeutic work and prevention. Their work focuses on the safety of the whole family, including working in a culturally safe way, by identifying individual and family strengths and coming from a trauma-informed approach.
The Orange Door North Eastern Melbourne provides access to support and services for people at risk, including for family and domestic violence or abuse, and for families needing extra support with the wellbeing and development of children.
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative offers services to support families experiencing family violence, and provides this support with an understanding of cultural needs. They offer appropriate support in relation to safety, housing, trauma, health, child development, social inclusion and anything else needed.
Willaneen Women’s Shelter provides short-term crisis accommodation for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women and children who are experiencing or are escaping family violence. Willaneen provides a communal living arrangement.
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-operative Limited (VACCA)’s family violence support services help Aboriginal men, women, adolescents, and children to heal and move forward with their lives, as well as advocate for change. Based in Western Melbourne, VACCA’s services can also be accessed by non-Aboriginal people who have an Aboriginal family member, such as children or a partner.
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-operative Limited (VACCA)’s family violence support services help Aboriginal men, women, adolescents, and children to heal and move forward with their lives, as well as advocate for change. Based in Inner Gippsland, VACCA’s services can also be accessed by non-Aboriginal people who have an Aboriginal family member, such as children or a partner.
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-operative Limited (VACCA)’s family violence support services help Aboriginal men, women, adolescents, and children to heal and move forward with their lives, as well as advocate for change. Based in Barwon, VACCA’s services can also be accessed by non-Aboriginal people who have an Aboriginal family member, such as children or a partner.
Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative Limited is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that provides culturally appropriate care and support to individuals, their families and their friends who are experiencing difficulties to improve not only their future, but also create safer and more cohesive communities.
Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) operates a range of programs aimed at working towards ending family violence in Mallee communities including Meminar Ngangg Gimba – culturally appropriate and holistic case management support and crisis accommodation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children experiencing family violence.
Gunditijmara Aboriginal Co-operative provides case management, advocacy and support for Aboriginal women and their children who have or are currently experiencing family violence throughout the South West region. They provide information and referrals to other services that can help where needed.
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.