These include individual counselling and support groups for adults, children and young people who have experienced family violence, as well as programs that address adolescent family violence and programs that focus on supporting parents/carers and children to restore bonds disrupted by family violence.
Relationships Australia Victoria is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides family and relationship support services including men’s behaviour change programs, men’s case management and free specialist counselling and support groups for women impacted by family violence.
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.
WRISC provides support for all women and children affected by family violence.
WRISC is a not-for-profit organisation that provides free and confidential services for women and children only, irrespective of disability, ethnicity, indigenous or tribal status, race, religion, or gender identity.
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.
Uniting Vic. Tas is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church, delivering services and programs across Victoria and Tasmania. They provide support for all victims of family violence; including counselling and group programs such as one-on-one counselling for adults, young people and children and group programs for adults, young people and children.
The South Western Centre Against Sexual Assault provides a safe and inclusive place for adults and children who have been impacted by sexual assault or family violence. Counselling can assist people recover and heal from these traumas. Counselling is free and a 24 hour service is available for people who have been recently sexually assaulted.
SECASA is a specialist sexual assault and family violence service, which provides: time limited therapeutic interventions and counselling following sexual assault and/or family violence, to victim/survivors and other affected family members; 24/7 sexual assault crisis response for people who have been sexually assaulted in the past two weeks, or disclosed past sexual assault for the first time and assessment and intervention for children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours and their families.
They also provide community education and prevention work, including programs in Early Learning Centres, Primary Schools and High schools; secondary consultation and professional training.
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.
They help women and their children experiencing family violence including writing a safety plan with you, learn about the effects of family violence on the family, find emergency accommodation, apply for an Intervention Order, help you arrange installation of home alarms, security doors and new locks, and get you in contact with legal services and movers.
They also offer programs for children and young people and short term counselling for men and men’s behaviour change programs.
GVCASA provides free and confidential counselling and support services, including therapeutic counselling and advocacy for victim survivors of sexual assault and their non-offending families, partners and friends.
Services include 24/7 crisis care response to victim survivors of recent sexual assault, group counselling and support, and secondary consultations (including debriefing).
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.
Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (Gippsland CASA) provides a free and confidential service to anyone in Gippsland who has ever been impacted by sexual assault.
They can provide individual counselling and support to children and adults who have experienced, or been impacted by, sexual assault as well as outreach services to several places across the Gippsland region to support community access to individual counselling and family services. They also offer a therapeutic response to children and families where a child or young person has engaged in problematic or sexually abusive behaviours.
Family Life helps people address and overcome the trauma of family violence through individual counselling, programs for parents and children such as Strength2Strength (for children and parents who are survivors of family violence) and professional support for adolescents using violence or abuse to intimidate or control.
They also run men’s behaviour change programs for men wanting to end the use of violence in relationships and Dads in Focus a safe, non-judgemental space for men to overcome their personal issues.
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.
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.
CoHealth works with women to reduce the impact of violence and supports them to move forward in their lives by providing short to medium-term individual counselling and group work, risk assessment, safety planning and referral to crisis family violence services.
They can also identify and address the ongoing effects of violence on the woman and her children and provide support to identify and work towards the woman’s own life goals. CoHealth provides services to the Western Melbourne region.
Berry Street – North and East Melbourne provides phone and face to face support – including risk assessments, safety planning, referrals to emergency accommodation, therapeutic services for children, court and legal support – for people experiencing family violence in the Hume Moreland, North Eastern Melbourne and Inner Eastern Melbourne regions.
Berry Street partners with the Mallee Therapeutic Family Violence Service offers phone consultations for parents and children to help them recover from family violence and assess future therapeutic needs.
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.
Through Positive Wellbeing After Violence Ends (+WAVES), Baptcare offers free counselling services onsite or at home for children, young people and single adults who have experienced family violence and are ready to engage in therapeutic interventions to recover from the impact of family violence.
Anglicare Victoria – Morwell’s Beyond The Violence program helps families establish safety, rebuild relationships and move forward with their lives after violence. This 8-week program is for non-offending parents and their children who have experienced family violence.
Women’s Liberation Halfway House (WLHH) provides specialist family violence support services to women and children experiencing family violence. Their service is confidential and they can provide information, referrals and advocacy. They offer short-term crisis accommodation for women and children escaping family violence, outreach support, a therapeutic art program and are the first refuge in Victoria to accept pets.
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.
The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre (SAFV) is a highly professional community based, not-for-profit service offering a wide range of free and confidential services for adults, children and young people who have experienced sexual assault or family violence. Located in Geelong, Horsham and Footscray, SAFV offer specialist services across the Barwon, Wimmera and Western Melbourne areas of Victoria.
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.
The Mallee Domestic Violence Service (MDVS) offers 24-hour crisis support for victim survivors with or without children who are in crisis as a result of domestic violence. They offer crisis refuge accommodation, medium-security accommodation, short and long term counselling, advocacy, referrals and outreach services.
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.
Annie North provides crisis and transitional support and refuge accommodation to women and children who are escaping family violence, or who are homeless due to family violence. Annie North has a statewide catchment and is located in Bendigo within the Loddon region.
Good Samaritan Inn provides crisis, short-term and transitional accommodation and support for women, children and young people who are experiencing family violence or homelessness.
Their services include crisis and transitional accommodation, case management support, child and young person-focused and trauma-informed support, risk assessment and safety planning, access to transitional housing, and legal and financial services.
Emerge Women & Children’s Support Network supports women and children in Victoria who have experienced family violence by providing safe refuge and practical supports, such as affordable housing, financial counselling, art therapy and counselling for women (including disadvantaged and culturally and linguistically diverse people).
The Centre for Non-Violence provides specialist knowledge and support including safety planning, crisis response, accommodation and therapeutic recovery programs across the Loddon region. Through the Young Women’s Housing Program, they provide support and accommodation for single women aged 15-25, many of whom are seeking refuge from family violence.