Spotlight on domestic & family violence specialist servicesNov 28, 2023
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 25 November to 10 December 2023.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
The Mid North Coast Local Health District is publishing articles to raise awareness of Domestic and Family Violence as part of its Working to Stop Violence Strategy.
Spotlight on local DV Specialist Services:
Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services (D&FVSS) – Port Macquarie-Hastings region
Liberty offers much-needed services for women and families in the Port Macquarie-Hastings community. Its services are designed to help women who are experiencing domestic and family violence or abusive relationships.
Liberty D&FVSS helps families through all stages of their journey towards safety, from crisis support and securing a safe space to stay to navigating available services.
Liberty offers several programs that run annually, as well as short programs to meet specific needs of their clients.
Liberty also works towards eliminating domestic and family violence by providing prevention and education programs in the local community and awareness campaigns, such as the Annual Coastal Walk Against Domestic Violence, which will take place on Sunday 3 December 2023.
More information on Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services can be accessed at Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services | Port Macquarie (libertyservices.org.au)
Kempsey Families Incorporated – Macleay Valley region
Kempsey Families provides support services to manage the impacts of domestic violence in families. It works towards supporting women impacted by domestic violence and ensures children are safer and supported.
Kempsey Families helps women and children experiencing violence to stay safely in their homes, support children, and provide ongoing case management or case coordination.
Its parenting programs support parents/carers to improve relationships with their children, and have support for children impacted by domestic violence, as well as supported playgroups for children, from birth to five years.
Kempsey Families also has specialised programs to support men who are ready to take responsibility for their use of violence in a past or current relationship in a safe and inclusive environment. The program focuses on helping men become more aware of their behaviours, exploring impacts of domestic violence and equip them with tools to better manage their emotions and conflicts.
More information on Kempsey Families Incorporated can be accessed here.
Kempsey Women’s Refuge/Gandi Guthun Galbaan Wa Dhalayikurr (Shelter Belonging to Women and Children)
The Kempsey Women’s Refuge provides crisis accommodation and outreach to women and their children. The refuge is staffed by women who provide support for women and their children who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic violence.
Kempsey Women’s Refuge is accessible to all women, regardless of age, ethnicity, and sexual preferences. The following services are provided: Information and advice, Advocacy, Emotional Support, Outreach to Clients. Referrals (including legal referrals) and Assistance with Centrelink and other services.
Kempsey Women’s Refuge supports women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence. To find out more visit Kempsey Women’s Refuge page on the Samaritans website.
Warrina Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services – Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Valley region
Warrina supports women and children to understand and recover from the effects of violence and abuse. It collaborates with the community to promote respectful relationships and to recognise and reject all forms of violence.
Warrina delivers a range of programs and services to meet the needs of its clients.
The Women and Children’s Refuge and Homeless Outreach Support offers crisis support and case management for single women (and their children) who become homeless.
Staying Home, Leaving Violence supports the emotional and physical safety of women to remain in their homes after violence through long-term case management.
Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) offers support and advocacy for women in the legal system.
Men’s Behaviour Change offers individual and group programs to support men to take accountability and responsibility for their behaviours.
More information on Warrina D&FVSS can be accessed on the Warrina website.
Mid Coast Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service- Kempsey, Macksville, Port Macquarie, and Wauchope Local Courts
Mid Coast Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy is a not-for-profit service on the Mid North Coast that provides support services to women and their families experiencing domestic and family violence.
They have specialist workers who can help with the court process of applying for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO), advocacy and safety planning.
They can link women with services such as legal assistance, health services, counselling, financial assistance, or housing.
Mid Coast WDVCAS has specialist Aboriginal Focus Workers and specialist Family Advocacy and Support Services to help women with family law matters. To find out more, visit the Mid Coast Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services’ website.