06 May Support and Resources for Family and Domestic Violence
May is the time when we draw attention to the terrible scourge that is domestic violence. For those people experiencing family or domestic violence, the impact of the abuse is long-lasting and the knock-on effects damage our society as a whole.
As I’ve mentioned before, I wish to use all my available platforms to shed light and awareness on this. There are resources, services, and support available to assist victims of family and domestic violence, to help them build healthy relationships and develop skills to thrive in the future.
This telephone service offers confidential counselling support, information and referral options for anyone impacted by domestic or family violence or sexual assault. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Visit the 1800Respect website to find out more.
Crisis Care is a telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help, including those escaping domestic violence. It operates 24 hours, 7 days per week. When it is safe to do so you can contact Crisis Care by giving them a ring on (08) 9223 1111 or free call 1800 199 008.
More details can be found on the Crisis Care website.
Victims of Crime Reference Group WA
The Victims of Crime Reference Group was established by the Attorney General to address victim-related issues and to help improve justice services to victims of crime in Western Australia.
The website has a list of resources in WA for urgent assistance and support groups, including the Family Violence Service that provides information and support in dealing with violence in intimate or family relationships.
Visit Victims of Crime website for more information.
Anglicare provides support and advocacy to adult victims of family and domestic violence, including:
- Referral to other relevant agencies
- Advocacy on victim’s behalf to other agencies
- Support with legal and court proceedings
- Police liaison
- Education and information about family and domestic violence, and
- Emotional support
Visit the Anglicare WA website to learn more.
Women’s Community Health Network WA
The Women’s Community Health Network WA provides information about community-based women’s health services in WA, and their contact details. These services offer medical, counselling, mental health, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, community workshops and professional training.
The following websites may also be useful:
- Lifeline Domestic Violence Support
- Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Service
- Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)
- Men’s Domestic Help Line
- MensLine Australia
Domestic and family violence still in 2021 seems to be a taboo subject. If we want to have a real change here, we have to step up and call it out.
Take a stand against domestic violence.