Family violence services for women and children

We support an inclusive environment where people of all genders and ages, people living with a disability, First Nations people and people from LGBTI and CALD communities feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas; knowing that these will be valued and respected. Our staff are well-informed and sensitive to lived experiences. They understand the complexities and challenges people face when accessing services. We are committed to working with you to understand your needs.

Experiencing family violence can be a frightening and lonely situation. Bethany Community Support offers counselling, support and advice to women and children who are experiencing, or who have experienced, family violence. We work closely with other support services including sexual assault counselling services, Victoria Police, courts and others to support you and your children. If required, we may be able to help you find short term or crisis accommodation. We have financial counselling available for women who are leaving a relationship.

  • This is a free service
  • Call us to speak to one of our counsellors during business hours on (03) 5278 8122
  • If you are experiencing family violence after hours or at weekends, call safe steps Family Violence Response Centre toll free on 1800 015 188
  • In an emergency situation call 000

Court Support 4 Kids provides engagement, play, company and distraction for children accompanying their mother to the Geelong Magistrates’ Court, as a direct result of their experience of family violence.

  • This is a free service
  • It is available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • You do not need a referral or a booking – look out for our staff in the waiting room
  • For more information download this flyer

The Orange Door

The Orange Door is a new way to access help and support for women, children and young people who are experiencing family violence; and for families who need support with the care, wellbeing and development of children or young people.

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More family violence information and resources:

The Lookout provides information, resources and services aimed at preventing and responding to family violence.

1800 RESPECT is Australia’s national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. Call toll free on 1800 737 732.