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1g. Support services/groups for women experiencing or recovering from domestic violence

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1800RESPECT

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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.

You can find out more at the 1800Respect website (including 24 hour online chat) or by phoning them on 1800 737 732 (24 hours).

Referral Guide for Domestic Violence Services Western Australia (WA Department for Child Protection)

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The Referral Guide for Domestic Violence Services Western Australia lists a wide range of telephone helplines, contact numbers for advocacy and support service organisations at local level, metropolitan and regional crisis accommodation, financial assistance, victim support services (incl risk assessment, safety planning, VRO applications and court support), counselling services for children and young people, general counselling (regional and metro), health centres, legal services, multicultural services, police, and much more.

Crisis Care

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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. More information can be found at the Crisis Care website

Victims of Crime Reference Group WA

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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 provides 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.

More information can be found at the Victims of Crime website.

Samaritans

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Samaritans is a not for profit organisation working on reducing the suicide rate and promoting the importance of mental health. They provide a 24/7 anonymous crisis support service. This is a generic help and support service, but includes support for domestic violence victims. Their volunteers are trained to provide emotional support and can help you explore your options to come up with solutions.

More information about the crisis support can be found at The Samaritans website or by calling their 24/7 Anonymous Crisis Support on 135 247.

Salvation Army

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This is a Christian church based organisation, but welcomes all. It provides personal support for a range of issues, including domestic violence. Can assist with food and clothing, childcare and case management in times of crisis. It does not provide a crisis hotline, but is focussed more on longer-term support. In WA the organisation can provide women with accommodation in its two refuges in Perth and one in Karratha.

More information can be found at the Salvation Army WA website.

Centrecare (Catholic Archdiocese of Perth)

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Centrecare is a Catholic not-for-profit community services organisation delivering professional counselling, support mediation and training services throughout Perth, Goldfields, Esperance and South Western regions of WA. It operates a telephone helpline, counselling and help programmes. It offers crisis specific help and long term post crisis support.

More information can be found at the Centrecare website.

Anglicare WA

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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

More information can be found at the Anglicare WA website.

Uniting Care West

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Uniting Care West provides crisis accommodation and support to women seeking refuge from domestic or family violence. They work with other services to ensure the safety of women experiencing family or domestic violence and to ensure that those who use violence and abuse are held accountable for this choice.

More information can be at the Uniting Care West website.

Womens Health and Family Services

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Specialises in womens health issues.  These include: medical, counselling, mental health, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, community workshops and professional training.  More information can be at the Womens Health and Family Services website.

Other useful websites

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The following websites may also be useful:

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