1. Family Violence

    Family Violence

    Family violence is when someone in the family tries to control, hurt or manipulate others. It includes any behaviour that causes physical, sexual or emotional damage, or causes someone to live in fear or a state of high anxiety.

    Violence may be perpetrated by a parent or young person and the violent person may not be abusive all the time. In fact abusive people can also be loving and kind some of the time, although this does not excuse their behaviour or actions. Abusive people may want to control others to minimise their own feelings of stress, anger, fear or anxiety. Stressors such as drugs, alcohol, unemployment and financial difficulties can cause anxiety for families, but should not be seen as the causes of violence.

    Often victims may be wondering if there is something that they are doing to worsen the situation and thereby blame themselves. This can lead to the victim taking responsibility for the violent person’s behaviour.

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    Services/programs

      Family Violence

    • Counselling Services

      Counselling for women and people under the age of 18 years who: have experienced sexual assault...

      Eligibility: People under the age of 18 years who
      1) have experienced sexual assault and people around...

      Contact: 03 9705 3200

      Provided by: Windermere

      Referral by: - Self-referral, agency or family

    • Family Violence Counselling

      Provides specialised individual or family counselling for victim/ survivors of family violence or...

      Eligibility: Women and children who experienced or witnessed family violence currently, recently or...

      Provided by: Windermere

      Referral by: - Anyone - case managers, service providers, self...

    • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

      InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence is a statewide service which provides...

      Contact: 03 9413 6500

      Provided by: InTouch Multicultural Centre...

    • Men's Referral Service

      The Men’s Referral Service (MRS) offers anonymous and confidential telephone counselling,...

      Eligibility: Young adults in the three municipalities.

      Contact: 1300 766 491

      Provided by: Men's Referral Service

      Referral by: - No referral required

    • Parentzone Southern

      Parentzone provides a variety of parenting programs offered at no cost, such as You and Your Kids...

      Eligibility: - Parents, carers and grandparents of children 0-18 years in the Southern Metropolitan Region....

      Contact: 03 5945 2000

      Provided by: Anglicare Victoria

      Referral by: - Anyone can refer - call 03 5945 2000 to find a...

    • Relationships Australia Victoria and Family Relationships Centre

      We are active in the area of family relationship services through Family Relationship Centres...

      Eligibility: Our services are for all members of the community, regardless of their religion, age, gender,...

      Contact: 03 8768 4111 Berwick, 03 5990 1900...

      Provided by: Relationships Australia Victoria

    • SECASA Joint Clinical Legal Service

      Provides legal advice and assistance to all victim/survivors of sexual assault, non-offending...

      Contact: 03 9594 2289

      Provided by: South Eastern Centre Against Sexual...

    • Victims Assistance Program

      If you are the victim of a violent crime, help is available through the Victims Assistance...

      Eligibility: If you have experienced or witnessed a violent crime you can use our service. It is also...

      Contact: 03 9705 3200

      Provided by: Windermere

      Referral by: - Anyone can refer to the Victims Assistance Program

    • Youth Links Intensive Case Management

      Youth Links provides Intensive Case Management to individuals or families whose needs require a...

      Eligibility: Assessment eligibility: young people aged 16-24 years.

      Contact: 03 9547 0511

      Provided by: Youth Links

      Referral by: - Individuals, family members or friends, other...