Alternatives to Violence Project WA
The Alternatives to Violence Project began in 1975. An inmate group at Green Haven Prison (New York) was working with youth gangs and teenagers at risk but they were having difficulty communicating their message about the consequences of violence. This workshop was so successful that requests were received for more, and AVP was born and quickly grew. It is now an independent organisation, with no religious affiliations.
AVP currently conducts hundreds of workshops each year in prisons in Australia there are programmes in about a dozen correctional facilities including five prisons in W.A.
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.
Anglicare – Reclaiming Our Lives
Reclaiming Our Lives is a group program that supports women who have been or are currently in an abusive relationship. 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.
Centrecare is a not-for-profit organisation delivering quality professional counselling, support, mediation and training services.
Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline Groups – a service for men who are concerned about the affects of their behaviour on the people they love, work and spend time with.
Specialised Family Violence Service – a service for individuals, families and children affected by domestic and family violence.
Building Resilience – a service for women experiencing and managing the consequences of abuse.
Communicare: Family Violence & Intervention Services
Services – ensuring the safety of women and children, supporting men to take responsibility for their behaviours and providing men the assistance they need to change their behaviour.
Crisis Care Helpline
Crisis Care is a telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. It operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Telephone (08) 9223 1111
1800 199 008 (country free call)
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.
Department for Child Protection
Cale House, Level 1
52 The Cresent
Midland WA 6056
Ph: 9274 9411
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 service
The family helpline is a confidential telephone counselling and information service for families with relationship difficulties. It operates 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Telephone (08) 9223 1100
1800 643 000 (country free call)
Family helpline can 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.
Family Violence Service
The Family Violence Service provides information and support on dealing with violence in intimate or family relationships. The free and confidential service provides information advocacy and support to people who have experienced violence in their relationships. Specially trained staff can assist with:
- discussing specific violence issues and the options available to deal with them
- developing a safety plan
- completing court-related documents
- applying for a family violence restraining order
- preparing for court and in-court support
- information about ongoing court matters
- accessing services such as counselling, police, legal assistance, medical care and other relevant agencies.
Koolkuna – Domestic & Family Violence Services
Support, information, advocacy, referral, court support and accommodation for those who are living with or are affected by Domestic and Family Violence.
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
Legal Aid WA
Legal Aid services include 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.
WA has new family violence laws, to learn important information about new Family Violence Restraining Orders (FVROs). To watch the infographic, go to website.
Getting an interim Family Violence Restraining Order is a new online self-help guide. It may help you if you need protection from violence or a threat of violence against you by a family member and you want to know how to apply for a family violence restraining order.
The guide contains step by step practical information, including checklists and “how to” videos by experienced lawyers.
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.
Telephone (08) 9223 1199 Free call 1800 000 599
In an emergency – if someone is in immediate danger – call the police on 000 now.
Nyoongar Patrol Systems Inc.
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, Belmont 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.
Midland – Tuesday to Thursday
11.00am to 7:00pm
0417 932 605
The Patricia Giles Centre
The Patricia Giles Centre operates in Perth, Western Australia and offers safe crisis accommodation and counselling for women and children affected by domestic violence. The Centre also provides culturally appropriate Aboriginal services. There are a number of support groups run at various times including self-defence, children’s groups and fun & fitness.
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.
Telephone (08) 9223 1188 Free call 1800 007 339
In an emergency – if someone is in immediate danger – call the police on 000 now.
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.
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.
Yorgum Aboriginal Counselling Service
Yorgum offers a unique team consisting of a psychologist and counsellors. The target group are children, male and female individuals and families.
Services include: Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Service, Family Violence Program, Community Development, Counselling, Link-Up Service.