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Support and Services Directory

The Support and Services Directory is for any woman looking for support who is experiencing, or has experienced, abuse through family, domestic and/or sexual violence.

The services women need when they are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, abuse can vary and it can be challenging to know what services are available. The Directory is organised into five service areas. Each service area has an explanation of the types of support, services and programs available and is linked to the searchable Directory. 

This Directory contains all the specialised Family and Domestic Violence Services that can be found throughout Western Australia as well as Sexual Assault Support ServicesLegal ServicesWomen’s Community Based Health Services, and Men’s Supports and Programs. The Directory also includes Family and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services for Children and Young People.

Having all the available services in one place can help women find the right service at the right time. This can prevent women from having to tell their story many times.

The information in the Directory can also be used as a resource to help support others – it could help support a friend, sister, colleague, or family member.  

Introduction - English

Introduction - Kimberley Kriol

Tinashe and Sheree are powerful advocates in Ruah Community Services’ My Story, My Time program, empowering women affected by family and domestic violence to share their story and be a voice for change. They are featured in various videos throughout the directory.

Click on a service area below to learn more about the support and services available

Family and Domestic Violence Services

The family and domestic violence service sector provide a diversity of services to meet the different needs of women experiencing family and domestic violence. This hopefully means you can find the right service for you at the right time, rather than having to tell your story many times to different services.

Sexual Assault Support Services

Sexual Assault services are for people affected by a recent sexual assault, current sexual abuse, and past sexual abuse/assault as well as their partners or family members. Services provide support to help work through trauma at an individual’s own pace.

Legal Services

Women who experience family and domestic violence can be particularly disadvantaged in accessing justice. Getting early legal assistance is essential and can help women to understand their situation and make informed decisions about their lives.

Men’s Programs and Supports

Specialist programs and intervention services are available to men who choose to use violence, threaten to use violence, or use any of a range of abusive behaviour’s towards their family members, including partners and children, that coerces or controls the family member or causes fear.

Women’s Community Based Health Services

Women’s community based health services are safe and non-judgmental spaces women can access support in a number of health areas, including counselling, mental health and wellbeing, maternal, reproductive and sexual health, wellbeing groups and activities, workshops and courses and health information.

Preventing Violence Against Women and Children

Violence against women is a pervasive and serious human rights abuse with significant human and economic costs to individuals, communities and society.

Family and Domestic Violence Services

The family and domestic violence service sector provide a diversity of services to meet the different needs of women experiencing family and domestic violence. This hopefully means you can find the right service for you at the right time, rather than having to tell your story many times to different services.

Family and Domestic Violence Services

Family and domestic violence services within Western Australia include: - Refuges - Safe at Home programs - Outreach programs - Counselling and advocacy services - Groups for women who have experienced family and domestic violence - Family and domestic violence services for children and young people
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Sexual Assault Support Services

Sexual Assault services are for people affected by a recent sexual assault, current sexual abuse, and past sexual abuse/assault as well as their partners or family members. Services provide support to help work through trauma at an individual’s own pace.

Sexual Assault Support Services

There are several Sexual Assault Support Services throughout the regions of Western Australia and a centralised Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) within Metropolitan Perth which also provides outreach and sexual assault support in a number of areas throughout Perth.
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Legal Services

Women who experience family and domestic violence can be particularly disadvantaged in accessing justice. Getting early legal assistance is essential and can help women to understand their situation and make informed decisions about their lives.

Legal Services

Legal need for those experiencing family and domestic violence are many and varied. Support may be needed in several complex areas, including: • Physical, psychological, sexual, verbal, financial, social, spiritual and any other injuries from family violence • Parenting and relationship related matters • Removal of children from your care • Criminal offences • Employment • Centrelink/welfare • Special needs • Elder abuse • Pet abuse • Property distribution • Tenancy/homelessness
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Men’s Programs and Supports

Specialist programs and intervention services are available to men who choose to use violence, threaten to use violence, or use any of a range of abusive behaviour’s towards their family members, including partners and children, that coerces or controls the family member or causes fear.

Men’s Programs and Supports

The types of services and supports available include: - Individual (one on one) counselling; - Therapeutic residential programs; - Case management. - Accountability Plans; - Workshops; - Group courses; and - Court-mandated programs within Western Australian prisons and through community corrections.
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Women’s Community Based Health Services

Women’s community based health services are safe and non-judgmental spaces women can access support in a number of health areas, including counselling, mental health and wellbeing, maternal, reproductive and sexual health, wellbeing groups and activities, workshops and courses and health information.

Women’s Community Based Health Services

Although adaptable in their approach the key service areas of women’s community based health services are: - Counselling - Mental health and wellbeing - Health clinics - Chronic conditions and healthy ageing - Wellness groups and activities - Workshops and courses - Health promotion and health education within the community - Health information - Specialist service referral
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Please note we are not a direct service provider for domestic, family and sexual violence and women's health services.

In an emergency, or if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police now on 000.

If it’s not an emergency and you need support, please contact your local services or contact a crisis line below. These phone services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained, compassionate professionals are available to help you plan for your safety, connect to available resources and discuss the options that are available to you. The calls are confidential.

Women's Domestic Violence Helpline

National Sexual Assault, Domestic & Family Violence Counselling Service

Crisis Care

Please note this directory aims to be inclusive of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) community and recognises that intimate partner and family violence occurs and is prevalent within these communities.

There is evidence that LGBTIQ+ people experience high levels of intimate partner and family violence yet are less likely to report or access services.

Everyone, including people who identify as LGBTIQ+, are entitled to receive appropriate responses and supports to deal with the effects and experience of family and domestic violence.

Although there is no specific category or service filter for LGTBIQ+ specific services within the Support and Services Directory, many services within the directory are inclusive and some have specialised experience working with the LGBTIQ+ community.

If you are not sure where to start searching for support, please see LGBTIQ+ specific Resources and Helplines listed below.

  • Living Proud a WA based resource and support service for LGTBIQ+ people.
  • Q Life
  • Q Life is a National Line and is open 3.00pm – 12.00pm, everyday and has a webchat available.

Q Life provides anonymous and free LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

  • Say It Out Loud is an online, comprehensive resource that encourages LGBTIQ+ communities to have healthy relationships, get help for unhealthy relationships and support their friends.
  • With Respect provides resources, tips and advice for LGTBIQ+ people on having and maintaining healthy relationships. T

There are resources for both community members and professionals.

Support is also provided for LGBTIQ+ people of all ages and their families experiencing difficulty in their relationships including family violence.

With Respect also provides Tele counselling and Support:

Please refer to their main website for times available.

Compared to women without disability, women with disability:

  • Are at greater risk of severe forms of intimate partner violence
  • Experience violence at significantly higher rates, more frequently, for longer, in more ways, and by more perpetrators
  • Have considerably fewer pathways to safety
  • Are less likely to report experiences of violence

The Support and Services directory aims to be inclusive for women with disabilities, although there is no specific category or service filter for women with disability specific services, the services listed provide support to women with disabilities and understand the complexities women with disabilities can face when experiencing family and domestic violence.

Services also understand the diversity amongst women with disabilities and that each person is unique with their own experiences.

If you are not sure where to start you can contact a disability advocate service who may be able to guide you or support, you to access services.

These include:

Developmental Disability WA:

https://ddwa.org.au/

Explorability Inc:

https://www.explorability.org.au/

Sussex St:

http://www.sscls.asn.au/Programs-Services

Midlas:

http://www.midlas.org.au/

People with Disabilities Western Australia:

https://www.pwdwa.org/

Uniting Care West:

https://unitingwa.org.au/

Advocacy:

https://advocacywa.org.au/

For information and resources you can visit

Women With Disabilities Australia:

https://wwda.org.au/our-work/

Artist: Rosie Paine

Rosie Paine is a proud Yilka/Wongutha/Noongar/Yamatji woman from the North East Goldfields of Western Australia.

LGBTIQ+ Community

Please note this directory aims to be inclusive of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) community and recognises that intimate partner and family violence occurs and is prevalent within these communities.

There is evidence that LGBTIQ+ people experience high levels of intimate partner and family violence yet are less likely to report or access services.

Everyone is entitled to receive appropriate and inclusive responses and supports to deal with the effects and experience of family and domestic violence.

Although there is no specific category or service filter for LGTBIQ+ specific services within the Support and Services Directory, many services within the Directory are inclusive and some have specialised experience working with the LGBTIQ+ community.

If you are not sure where to start searching for support, please refer to the LGBTIQ+ specific resources and helplines listed below.

Living Proud is a WA based resource and support service for LGTBIQ+ people.

Q Life provides anonymous and free LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. The national line is open 3.00pm – 12.00pm, everyday and webchat is available.

Say It Out Loud is an online, comprehensive resource that encourages LGBTIQ+ communities to have healthy relationships, get help for unhealthy relationships and support their friends.

With Respect provides resources, tips and advice for LGTBIQ+ people on having and maintaining healthy relationships, with resources for both community members and professionals available. With Respect also provide telecounselling and support for LGBTIQ+ people of all ages and their families experiencing difficulty in their relationships including family violence.

Women with disability

Compared to women without disability, women with disability:

  • Are at greater risk of severe forms of intimate partner violence
  • Experience violence at significantly higher rates, more frequently, for longer, in more ways, and by more perpetrators
  • Have considerably fewer pathways to safety
  • Are less likely to report experiences of violence

The Support and Services directory aims to be inclusive for women with disabilities. Although there is no specific category or service filter for women with disability specific services, the services listed provide support to women with disabilities and understand the complexities women with disabilities can face when experiencing family and domestic violence.

Services also understand the diversity amongst women with disabilities and that each person is unique with their own experiences.

If you are not sure where to start you can contact a disability advocate service who may be able to guide you or support, you to access services. These include:

Developmental Disability WA

Explorability Inc

Sussex St

Midlas

People with Disabilities Western Australia

Uniting WA

Advocacy WA

For information and resources you can visit

Women With Disabilities Australia

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