These are specialist family violence services or programs, either at the statewide or local level, that provide support for victim survivors from specific communities, such as multicultural or LGBTIQA+ communities, older people and people with disability. These services provide different responses such as case management, accommodation, therapeutic programs and other tailored programs.
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.
Wellsprings for Women’s services include education, employment support, health and wellbeing, parenting, and case support to assist women impacted by family violence, including women who stay in the relationship. Their workers are bicultural, bilingual, and use trauma-informed practice.
Project Respect is an intersectional feminist, non faith based specialised support service and peer community for women and gender diverse people with experience in the sex industry, including those who have experienced trafficking for sexual exploitation.
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.
Seniors Rights Victoria has a team of experienced advocates, such as social workers, who provide free information, advice, referral and support to older people who are either at risk of or are experiencing elder abuse or to other people, such as family members and friends, who are concerned that someone else may be experiencing elder abuse. Our advocates can also provide information to other professionals concerned about someone experiencing elder abuse.
Seniors Rights Victoria was established in 2008. It is a program of the Council of the Ageing (COTA) Victoria and is governed by its Board. Victoria Legal Aid and the Department of Health and Human Services provide the main funding. Seniors Rights Victoria works closely with Justice Connect’s Seniors Law team and Eastern Community Legal Centre’s elder abuse services.
Peninsula Health offers the Keeping Families Safe (KFS) program to focus on the safety needs of families when an adolescent is using violence at home. The program is available to parents, carers, family members and young people aged 12-18 living in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula shires.
Their Elder Abuse Liaison Officer provides secondary consultation to any service providers across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula who are concerned about or suspect instances of elder abuse. This includes GPs, Allied Health, any community aged care service provider or family violence workers.
They also offer a men’s behaviour change program.
The Men’s Referral Service supports men who have or are still behaving abusively, family members who are impacted by a man’s abusive behaviours, people who wish to understand how to support their friends, family, or colleagues, and professionals wishing to support a client who is using or experiencing family violence.
They offer short term counselling, men’s behaviour change programs and some case management.
Formerly known as WISHIN, Juno provides short-term temporary accommodation and longer-term support such as safety planning, navigating Child Protection, court support (such as taking out intervention orders), as well as helping women to access specialist family violence supports.
They also collaborate with other homelessness service providers to ensure compassionate and tailored service delivery and achieve the best outcomes for homeless women and their children.
Family violence assistance with getting safe accommodation for women and children who are escaping family violence, support to stay in the home and feel safer, links to other support services, assistance with phone and crisis support, confidential counselling, support groups for women and children, family court support and assistance with applications for intervention orders.
Aboriginal Family Violence Housing Support includes a dedicated Aboriginal support worker who can provide practical assistance, safe housing support for women and children, men, seniors and young people.
They also offer men’s behaviour change programs.
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.
Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR) provides support for women in family violence situations, including risk assessment, safety planning and case planning.
AMWCHR also provides their clients help understanding the Child Protection system, policing and courts, support with Early Forced Marriage or Islamic Divorce, information and referral for migration issues, outreach services, cultural and emotional support, and access to emergency relief and crisis services, housing, legal, health, mental health, material and financial aid.
inTouch case managers provide migrant and refugee women who have experienced family violence ongoing risk assessments, safety planning, case coordination, cultural and emotional support, advocacy and referrals, cultural and secondary consultation, and practical support.
They also provide secondary consultations to assist workers to respond appropriately and work effectively with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
This service offers tailored support for: People from migrant and refugee communities
Services offered: Tailored family violence service, Statewide service