Family Violence

Step Forward family violence support group - Kara Family Violence Services

STEP FORWARD is an educational support group for women who have experienced family violence and are looking for strategies and resources to heal from their experience and regain a sense of their rights.

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Community Food and Assistance Guide - Free meals and more

This resource has been developed by the Eastern Homelessness Network to assist people experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness. The emergency relief services listed are in the Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges area.

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Tenants Victoria’s updated Family Violence Protection Tenancy Kit

Tenants Victoria’s updated Family Violence Protection Tenancy Kit for community workers is out now. The completely revised kit incorporates the strengthened measures for those affected by family violence in amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. It aims to help people in rental housing know their rights, have a secure home and limit any financial loss.

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Pet care

Pet ownership offers unconditional love, companionship and emotional support, however,  it can also come with addional and sometimes unexpected financial cost. Pets in the Park and Pets of the Homeless are chatitable organisations run by volunteers, to assit people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiening homelessness, with the financial cost associated with owning a pet. 

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Assistance with Financial Hardship

Financial problems can affect anyone, there are a number of support services avaliable to help with financial difficulties. These include: 

  • Financial Counselling
  • No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)
  • Utilities assistance 


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Technology & Communication

Information on where to find a free public phone & access to libaries with WIFI, charging hubs and computer access. 

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Hygiene Services

List of services that have access to: 

  • Showers 
  • Washing machines &
  • Dryers 
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Pathways to Resilience

Pathways to Resilience provides a range of integrated therapeutic responses to support adults, young people and children who have experienced family violence. Services in the outer east metropolitan region are provided through Uniting, Safe Futures Foundation, EACH, Family Access Network (FAN) and the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF).

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TRAK Forward Program - Therapuetic Recovery for Adults and Kids

The Inner East ‘TRAK Forward’ Program (Therapeutic Recovery for Adults and Kids) is a collaborative partnership between Anglicare Victoria, Drummond Street and Relationship Matters.

TRAK Forward offers a range of therapeutic interventions to support the recovery of people, including children, who are moving forward away from the impact of Family Violence. TRAK Forward applies a trauma-informed, phase based treatment framework.

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New Telstra Top-Up Program - complimentary $30 recharge

Infoxchange and Telstra have partnered to offer the Telstra Top-up program, which provides a complimentary $30 recharge to those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and/or family violence.

The program is now available to specialist housing providers via Infoxchange’s SHIP, CIMS and SRS case management systems across Australia. Any client of these eligible providers who is impacted by homelessness and/or family violence can access the free recharge, provided they are a Telstra pre-paid mobile phone customer.

This new method of distribution replaces the program previously known as the “Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Recharge Program”. This program involved the distribution of physical recharge cards and formally ended on 30 June 2019.

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Level Playground

Level Playground is a project for parents, caregivers and early childhood educators that provides helpful information and activities to support them in the day to day work of raising children free from gender stereotypes. 


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Parent-Child Mother goose Program

Eastern Health are running a group for parents and pre-school aged children, for families where there is a parent experiencing mental health challenges, and/or the family has experience of family violence.

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Get together - a guide to what's on at Community Houses across the outer east

A brochure listing over 200 activities, programs, groups and events conducted at the 30 community houses across the Outer East of Melbourne. A great way of letting people know about the amazing range of programs that are available to the community, including support activites and food services.

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New Energy Rights to Help Customers from 1 Jan 2019

From 1 January 2019 energy customers have new rights that help them to pay their energy bills. To explain what the changes mean the Energy and Water Ombudsman has created some useful resources including a new videofactsheet and webpage.

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LifeCare Women's Centre

LifeCare Women's Centre is part of Crossway LifeCare, a community services organisation passionate about helping people in tough places flourish.

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Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA)

ECASA provides a free counselling and support service to people who have experienced sexual assault either recently or in the past. The service is also available to non-offending family and friends. ECASA’s counsellors are trauma specialists with degrees in psychology, social work or counselling.

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Free 12-month mail redirection for special circumstances
  • If you are a survivor of family violence you may be eligible for free mail redirection
  • You will also have the one-off option of free PO Box access for up to 22 months
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Liwurruks in the Hood - Workshop

Boornawan Willam is running an empowering and exciting 10 week program for aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women Aged 15-21 that aims at preventing all forms of violence against women. 

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New Family Violence support group starting soon at the lifecare women’s centre

We are seeking referrals for our new support group commencing in Term 4, on Thursday 11 October.

Target audience* 

  • Single mothers with a history of domestic/family violence (intimate partner)
  • not currently in a crisis (unless sufficiently supported by other services)
  • women who are feeling ready and motivated to commence their healing journey
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Project Respect

Project Respect is a not-for-profit, non-faith based support service for women with experience of the sex industry and women trafficked for sexual exploitation to Australia. 

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Footsteps - a group for Mothers and babies who have experienced family violence

Uniting Wesley with Safe Futures Foundation and Yarra Ranges Council is delivering a therapeutic group for mothers and their infants who have experienced family violence. The group is for women of any age and their infants up to 8 months of age (exceptions considered).

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Little Sunbeams Playgroup

The program is designed to support women and children who have children between the ages of 12 months-5 years old, and who have experienced trauma associated with homelessness and family violence.

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Cool Kids

Cool Kids is a therapeutic group for primary school children who have had experiences of family violence and/or homelessness. 

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Seeking Safety - healthy relationships for young women

Presented by Uniting Wesley and Safe Futures as part of the Resilient Kids Resilient Women Program, Seeking Safety is aimed towards young women, and developing healthy relationships with themselves and others.

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Being Boys

As part of the Resilient Kids Resilient Women Program Uniting and Safe Futures are facilitating this educational group for grade 5/6 boys, with a focus on developing healthy and respectful relationships.

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Resilient Kids Resilient Women: Family Violence Therapeutic Interventions Project

Uniting Wesley, alongside the Safe Futures Foundation, EACH and the Australian Childhood Foundation, provide a range of therapeutic responses to support women and children who have experienced family violence.

This is one of 26 Family Violence Therapeutic Intervention Demonstration projects funded across Victoria as a direct result of the recent Royal Commission. 

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The Line - a behaviour change program for young people

The Line is a primary prevention behaviour change campaign for young people aged 12 to 20 years and supports parents, caregivers, teachers and other influencers, too.

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Courage to Change Program

B-Brave is for women who are struggling with or recovering from recent family violence.    B-Renewed provides longer term therapeutic support to women affected by difficult family breakdown (especially family violence) beyond their crisis period, helping them rebuild their lives holistically. A children’s program is run parallel to these programs by our qualified children staff. This gives mums the needed space to focus on their recovery. Specific details of the programs are in the attached flyers.

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