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Domestic violence outreach workers provide support to women and children who are experiencing or escaping from domestic violence. Domestic violence outreach workers can provide secondary consultation and information and some are involved in community education and Primary Prevention programs.

 Outreach workers support victims/survivors of domestic violence by:

  • working with women to develop safety plans to enhance the safety of themselves and their children
  • providing information on options and resources, referral to other services, and case management support. Support may involve advocacy with Centrelink, court support, referral to other services (Office of Housing or a Front Door), counselling and financial counselling.
Phone

(03) 5971 9454

Address

Mornington Peninsula

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Domestic violence outreach workers provide support to women and children who are experiencing or escaping from domestic violence. Domestic violence outreach workers can provide secondary consultation and information and some are involved in community education and Primary Prevention programs.

 Outreach workers support victims/survivors of domestic violence by:

  • working with women to develop safety plans to enhance the safety of themselves and their children
  • providing information on options and resources, referral to other services, and case management support. Support may involve advocacy with Centrelink, court support, referral to other services (Office of Housing or a Front Door), counselling and financial counselling.
Phone

(03) 9536 7797

Address

St Kilda

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Domestic violence outreach workers provide support to women and children who are experiencing or escaping from domestic violence. Domestic violence outreach workers can provide secondary consultation and information and some are involved in community education and Primary Prevention programs.

 Outreach workers support victims/survivors of domestic violence by:

  • working with women to develop safety plans to enhance the safety of themselves and their children
  • providing information on options and resources, referral to other services, and case management support. Support may involve advocacy with Centrelink, court support, referral to other services (Office of Housing or a Front Door), counselling and financial counselling.
Phone

Frankston - 03 9781 4658

Dandenong - 03 9791 6111

Narre Warren, Berwick, Cranbourne - 03 9703 0044

Pakenham - 03 5945 3200

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Multiple locations in Southern Metropolitan Melbourne

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Safe steps:

  • Provides telephone crisis counselling, referral, information and support
  • Is the central contact point for women’s Refuges in Victoria
  • If there are no vacancies in Victorian Refuges, safe steps will assist a woman to explore and secure safe alternative interim accommodation options until a Refuge vacancy is available
  • Agencies can ring for information about the service
  • Provides information and referral to the Victorian Disability and Family Violence Crisis Response Initiative
  • Provide 24-hour access to interpreters as well as support for Indigenous women

Please Note: the crisis line can be busy and there may be a wait before a caller speaks directly to a support worker.

Phone

1800 015 188 - Toll Free 24 hours 7 days a week

(03) 9928 9600

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VALS provides free legal advice and representation for the Koorie community.

The services VALS provides are as follows:

  • Information, initial legal advice, minor assistance and referral;
  • Duty lawyer assistance;
  • Legal casework services including representation and assistance, covering Criminal Law, Civil Law and Family Law matters.
Information

Each of the VALS’ offices can provide basic legal information.

Initial Legal Advice

Initial legal advice is the provision of legal advice or information that is not provided as part of duty lawyer work or casework. It includes referrals, preliminary assistance, the writing of short letters and completion of forms.

Minor assistance

Minor assistance is helping with phone calls or letters and advocacy in dealing with other services.

Referral

A VALS’ staff member will use his or her professional judgement in making an appropriate referral having reference to the lists of appropriate sources of referral and assistance maintained by VALS.

Duty Lawyer assistance

Duty Lawyers provide advice and/or representation in urgent matters to people who have not been able to arrange legal representation. For instance, all applications (i.e. for bail or adjournments) are performed on a Duty Lawyer basis where the matter is completed in one day. A matter not completed on the same day is called a Casework matter.

Legal Casework

Legal Casework is legal representation and assistance, covering criminal, civil and family law matters. It is matters where VALS provides ongoing legal services (i.e. assistance continues after the first day of contact) to a client in relation to a particular legal problem.

Phone

(03) 9418 5999

Toll free: 1800 064 865

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An application for an intervention order can be made under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 where there is a family relationship or a person is or has been involved in a relationship.

The purpose of a family violence intervention order is to:

  • ensure the safety of the affected family member; or
  • preserve any property of the affected family member; or
  • protect a child who has been subjected to family violence committed by the respondent.
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There are 16 CASAs throughout Victoria, including the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (after hours telephone service).

CASAs work to ensure that women, children and men who are victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive, timely support and intervention to address their needs. CASAs also work towards the elimination of sexual violence through community and professional education, informing government policy, advocating for law reform and facilitating research to increase community understanding of the nature and incidence of sexual assault.

Integral to the philosophy of services and programs provided by CASAs is the right of the victim/survivor to be believed and treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity.

When you contact a Centre Against Sexual Assault you will:

  • Be believed;
  • Be treated with respect, sensitivity and understanding;
  • Be informed of your rights;
  • Get information;
  • Be in control of your decision making;
  • Have privacy and confidentiality.

When the sexual assault occurs within the last two weeks, you can be assisted by the Sexual Assault Crisis Line Your options are:

  • Telephone counselling
  • Face-to-face counselling
  • Medical examination
  • Police statement.

You can have a friend or relative with you to support you.

Sexual Assault over two weeks ago. Your options are:

  • Telephone counselling
  • Face-to-face counselling
  • Police statement.

You can have a friend or relative to support you.

Why see a counsellor?

  • You can talk about the sexual assault.
  • You can talk about the impact of the sexual abuse, e.g. nightmares, flashbacks, relationship difficulties.
  • You can explore your legal and compensation options.
  • The counsellor can assist you in talking to partners, family members, partner or friends.

 

Phone

Sexual Assault Crisis Line (Victoria) 1800 806 292

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Court Network is a unique non-legal court support, information and referral service operating throughout Victoria and Queensland. Court Network is the only court based service explicitly and solely concerned with the need of court users.
Information, support and referral services assisting:

  •  Victims of crime
  •  People accused of crime
  •  Families, adults and children who attend court and require support
  •  Adults and children who have been violated or exploited by crime
  •  Litigants who have little or no support

Court Network Volunteers can:

  •  Provide support and information about going to court
  •  Be with you in person on your day in court
  •  Explain how the courts and legal systems operate (in person or by telephone)
  •  Show you around the court beforehand, so you can become familiar with where you have to go on the day of your court case
  •  Provide you with a safe place in court
  •  Refer you to other community services that can help you

Court Network operates in the following courts and tribunals:
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  •  Melbourne Supreme Court
  •  County Court
  •  Coroners Court
  •  Family Court
  •  Children's Court
  •  Melbourne and District Magistrates' Courts
  •  Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
  •  Regional Courts of Gippsland, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Echuca, Warrnambool, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton

 

Phone

1800 681 614

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Emerge’s mission is to enable independence for women and children by breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

Emerge Women & Children’s Support Network is the only autonomous specialist domestic violence service located in Melbourne’s Southern Metropolitan Region. For more than 35 years, they have been supporting women and children experiencing family violence. Emerge provide outreach support, community education, art therapy for children, legal support and advocacy.

Organisational objectives

  • Emerge is dedicated to providing a sensitive and respectful service that provides single women, and women with children, with the skills necessary to live a life free from violence. 
  • Delivering crisis services to create safety for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
  • Delivering post-crisis services to create independence and break the cycle of domestic violence.
  • Educating and advocating to change society, generate referrals and create supportive systems.
  • Fundraising, communicating and marketing post-crisis programs in order to assist more women and children from the Southern Region.
Phone

1300 536 330

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Emerge’s mission is to enable independence for women and children by breaking the cycle of domestic violence.

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1300 536 330

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