Alternatives to Violence Project WA (Inc) “AVP”
Who is AVP for?
A common preconception is that AVP is designed for violent people such as prisoners and angry men. However AVP is of potential value to most people. Many find it useful in their work such as social workers, teachers or priests. In fact it can be useful in all interpersonal interactions whether in the family, at work or the supermarket checkout.
The definition of violence is not restricted to physical abuse but includes many other forms such as verbal, emotional, neglect and sometimes even silence. Violence can be such a part of the fabric of our society that we don’t always recognise it.
AVP offers alternatives to violence such as:
- Building trust and self esteem
- Exploring methods of communication
- Developing cooperation
- Encouraging creative conflict resolutions
Ph: 9371 5407
Anglicare – Changing Tracks
Changing Tracks encourages men to manage their anger and learn to communicate in a healthy, effective and safe manner.
Changing Tracks provides a 24 week group program. Clients can hear and share stories with others in similar situations and access support in a respectful and confidential environment. The course teaches participants methods of anger management and how to reprogram their responses to conflict and stress.
Individual counselling is also made available to work through issues and address the source of violent, abusive behaviour. Counselling is confidential, respectful and professional.
Domestic violence is a cycle. Changing Tracks interrupts that cycle and prevents it from perpetuating. Anglicare WA hopes to motivate change in men’s lives, and promote compassionate relationships free of abuse..
East Perth, Joondalup, Albany and Broome
Ph: 9263 2000
Anglicare – Reclaiming Our Lives
The program consists of eight two-hour sessions. The sessions are held at a safe venue, where women can share and talk openly about themselves, their relationships and families. The program provides information about domestic violence, but also encourages participating women to support each other emotionally and practically.
To enquire, call the closest service location.
- East Perth: 9263 2050
- Joondalup, Grace House: 9400 7200
- Joondalup, Sanori House: 9301 8550
- Albany, Aberdeen Centre: 9845 6666
- Broome, Lotteries House: 9194 2400
- Karratha, Pam Buchanan Family Centre: 9143 1880
- Kununurra: 9166 5000
East Perth, Joondalup, Albany, Broome, Karratha and Kununurra
Ph: 9263 2000
Centrecare is a not-for-profit organisation delivering quality professional counselling, support, mediation and training services. Centrecare offers a variety of service including:
- Specialised Family Violence Service
- Individual, couple or family counselling
- Child counselling and therapy groups
- Adolescent counseling and therapy groups
Various locations including Midland
456 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000
Ph: 9436 0600 (Midland)
Ph: 9325 6644 (Head office)
Today Communicare provides vital community services to over a quarter of a million Australians a year, supported by over 200 staff and volunteers across approximately 80 projects. With 20 sites across Australia and more to come, Communicare is leading the way in community caring for community.
- Children & Family Services
- Family & Domestic Violence Intervention Services (including breathing space, outreach, families without fear, indigenous family violence and Same Sex Domestic Abuse Group)
28 Cecil Avenue
Cannington WA 6107
Crisis Care is a telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. It operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Crisis Care can be accessed through the translating and interpreting service on 13 14 50.
Telephone Crisis Care when:
- You need someone to help sort out a serious problem.
- You are concerned about the wellbeing of a child.
- You are escaping domestic violence and need help.
- Arguments are causing unhappiness and problems in your family.
- You are alone or afraid and urgently need to talk to someone.
- You are homeless.
- You need counselling, information or other support.
Ph: 1800 199 008
Ph: 9223 1111
Department for Child Protection
Cale House, Level 1
52 The Cresent
Midland WA 6056
Ph: 9274 9411
Website : www.dcp.wa.gov.au/
Domestic Violence Advocacy Support Central (DVAS)
DVAS Central is a free service which helps women who have experienced, or are at risk of domestic violence access support. DVAS provides people with a safe and friendly environment to access advocacy, legal and DCP services.
This is a free service. Women can be referred to other health professionals or can self-refer.
All services at DVAS Central are provided within the context of a supportive and safe environment. All WHFS staff members are female, and can provide assistance with:
- Discussing available options
- Applying for a restraining order
- Obtaining support and advices from Legal Aid
- Referrals to other agencies (including counselling services & DCP)
Northbridge, WA 6003
Ph: 9227 5852
Emergency Services (Police, Fire & Ambulance)
Family helpline can also be accessed through the translating and interpreting service on 13 40 50.
Being in a family affects everything we do and good family relationships are important. But there are times when all kinds of circumstances can create conflict and problems. Fortunately, there is help available if you need it. You don’t have to face your problems alone.
Telephone family helpline when:
- You want counselling or information.
- You need someone to turn to.
- People in your family could get on better.
- You want to stop taking things out on others in your family.
- You don’t want people in your family to hurt each other.
- You are worried about someone you know.
A professional counsellor will listen and talk calmly with you. They will offer suggestions about positive things you can do to help yourself or someone else and suggest other places which may also be of help.
Ph: 1800 643 000
Family Violence Service
The Family Violence Service provides information and support on dealing with violence in intimate or family relationships, including those between:
- partners – married, de facto or otherwise
- ex partners
- same sex couples
- family members
- children of either member of a couple
- live-in carers
The free and confidential service provides information advocacy and support to people who have experienced violence in their relationships.
Various Locations including Midland:
24 Spring Park Road
Midland, WA 6056
Ph: 9250 0229 (Midland)
Koolkuna Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS)
Support, information, advocacy, referral, court support and accommodation for those who are living with or are affected by Domestic and Family Violence.
PO Box 207
MIDLAND WA 6936
Ph: 08 9274 7545
Koolkuna – Women’s Refuge
Women’s Refuges provide safe, temporary accommodation and associated support services to women and children in crisis and needing to escape domestic and family violence situations. Most do not accept families homeless for other reasons.
In the Perth Metropolitan Area, access to Women’s Refuges is via Crisis Care on 9223 1111 or Salvo Careline on 9442 5777
Ph: 9223 1111 (Crisis Care)
Legal Aid Services
We provide information, advice and other legal help. The type and amount of help you will get depends on your finances, your legal problem and our resources.
We also provide specialist services through our:
- Dispute Resolution Unit
- Family Court Services (Duty lawyer)
- Children’s Court (Protection) Services
- Domestic Violence Legal Unit
- Child Support
- Civil Litigation Assistance Scheme
- Immigration Service
- Social Inclusion Program
- Youth Law Team
Domestic Violence Legal Unit:
The Legal Aid WA Domestic Violence Legal Unit assists women who are experiencing domestic violence.
Services we provide:
Legal Aid WA’s Domestic Violence Legal Unit advises and assists women with restraining order matters. Services include:
- Speaking to the police and ensuring that appropriate criminal charges are laid against the person who has been violent or has threatened -physical violence
- Advising and assisting women to get restraining orders against the person committing domestic violence
- Ensuring prompt service in the matters of restraining orders
- Providing brief counselling, safety planning and referrals to relevant agencies when ongoing counselling and support is required
- Representing women in court for restraining order hearings where legal aid has been granted
- Providing initial advice and referrals on other matters, which may arise when trying to escape domestic violence. These may include family law, property law matters and criminal injury compensation.
32 St George’s Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Ph: 1300 650 579
Living Proud (Inc.) is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex, queer and other sexuality, sex and gender diverse people in Western Australia.
We offer a peer based Telephone Counselling, Information & Referral Line, Personal Perspective talks to community groups and organisations as well as a number of LGBTI community initiatives.
We also offer a range of LGBTI awareness ‘Opening Closets’ training and policy coaching options to assist organisations to develop inclusive policies and practices.
City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi Street
West Perth WA 6005
Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline
The Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides counselling for men who are concerned about their violent and abusive behaviours. The service can provide telephone counselling, information and referral to ongoing face to face services if required. This service can provide information about accessing legal advice, accommodation and other support services for people who have been served with a violence restraining order. Information and support is also available for men who have experienced family and domestic violence. A telephone based interpreting service is available if required.
Ph: 1800 000 599
Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Service
The Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Service promotes the safety of women, with or without children, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have experienced or are at risk of domestic violence.
The Service is available to women who are recent arrivals or long-term residents. They may be in crisis situations, in refuges, still remaining in their relationships or re-establishing themselves in the community after leaving refuges.
Support and advocacy for women with high needs in terms of isolation, language and access to mainstream services are emphasised. Service is provided to women in a way that is sensitive to their cultural, religious beliefs and practices, and language needs.
The Service delivery model supports an outreach, case management and community networking approach, dependent on close involvement with ethnic and multicultural community support services.
Information, referral, assessment, safety planning, short term/crisis counselling, assistance to access government and non-government services such as legal, immigration, housing, medical, police, financial and other services is provided. MWAS also assist in referring to and accessing services for children.
Northbridge, Mirrabooka, Gosnells, Rockingham/ Fremantle
Nyoongar Patrol Systems Inc.
Midland Nyoongar Patrol: Tuesday to Thursday, 11.30am to 6.30pm
The Nyoongar Outreach Service is a community based service that deals with social and welfare issues within the funded locations of Burswood, Fremantle, Midland, Northbridge, the Northern Corridor, the South-Eastern Corridor and Vincent.
The purpose of the Nyoongar Outreach Service is to provide early street level interventions to local and remote Indigenous people frequenting public spaces in nominated locations. The target groups are people at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system due to various social and welfare issues.
Nyoongar Outreach Services DOES NOT have powers to arrest, detain or remove people from a public space. They DO NOT have the powers to confiscate or remove alcohol and other substances.
35-37 Gladstone Street
East Perth WA 6004
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Emergency number: 000
To report an incident, or other enquiries: 13 14 44
The Patricia Giles Centre
The Patricia Giles Centre is a feminist-based, non-profit organisation committed to providing services to women and children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence and to men who seek to improve the quality of their family relationships.
- Accommodation: Crisis housing for single women and women with children to 18 years who have experienced family violence (call Crisis Care to access on 9223 1111)
- Counselling: for women
- Aboriginal Services
- Safe Families Safe Pets: To assist families who are worried about the safety of their pets or are worried about their child’s attitude to pets as a result of experience family violence.
- Family and Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Service
- Support Groups
- Counselling for Children: 9328 1888
Ph: 9300 0340
Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline
The Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence. This includes phone counselling, information and advice, referral to local advocacy and support services, liaison with police if necessary and support in escaping situations of family and domestic violence. The service can refer women to safe accommodation if required. A telephone based interpreting service is available if required.
Ph: 1800 007 339
Women’s Information Service
The Women’s Information Service offers free, confidential information for women throughout Western Australia. The free telephone service operates from 9.00am to 4.00pm on week days. It provides information and referrals about issues such as health, finances, legal matters, counselling and domestic violence.
Ph: 1800 199 174
Women’s Health and Family Services
Womens Health & Family Services staff specialise in women’s health issues, providing medical, counselling, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, mental health and other health services for women and their families.
227 Newcastle Street
Northbridge WA 6003
Ph: 6300 5400
Yorgum Aboriginal Counselling Service
Yorgum provides a nurturing place and an environment which promotes the cultural strength of the Aboriginal people of Australia and their families through a healing process that supports their spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional wellbeing.
- Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Service
- Family Violence Program
- Community Development
- Grandmother’s Group (reliant on funding)
- Link-Up Service
Ph: 9218 9477