Family violence services for women and children

Bethany offers women and children the opportunity to talk to someone about their experience of family violence. Listening without judgement and with respect, we aim to work with women in ways that improve their safety and security and increase their education around the tactics and impacts of family violence.

We support women and children with:

  • making a safety plan
  • having support at court
  • making your home safe (including changing locks and other security measures)
  • seeing a lawyer for advice
  • accessing advocacy services from a support worker
  • counselling for yourself, or for your children
  • referrals to other service providers.

We also offer group programs for women and children, including:

ROAR

ROAR is a 12-week support group for women survivors of family violence co-designed and reviewed by survivors themselves. ROAR provides a safe, supportive and supportive environment for women with a focus on empowerment, equality and safety. Facilitated by specialist family violence staff, sessions proceed through weekly topics and activities with a narrative focus.

For children

Bethany runs therapeutic groups for children across a range of ages, including:

  • Cuddle Cubs which focus on strengthening connections between mothers and children (0-5) impacted by family violence or homelessness
  • Full 180, a group for adolescents who have experienced family violence or homelessness. Group participants can connect with peers who have also experienced violence or homelessness and together build their skills and knowledge around healthy relationships.

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

How to access this service

Call The Orange Door on 1800 312 820 during business hours for a referral to Bethany’s services.

If you are experiencing family violence and you need help after hours or over the weekend, call safe steps Family Violence Response Centre toll free on 1800 015 188.

In an emergency, call 000.

Further resources

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.

Visit orangedoor.vic.gov.au for more information.

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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.