Broome Youth and Family Hub – HYPE

Helping Young People Engage (HYPE) is an early intervention community initiative established in Broome in 2003. The program is designed to reduce young people’s presence in public spaces at night, reduce young people’s contact with the juvenile justice system, promote young people’s connection to their community and improve the overall wellbeing of young people.

HYPE operates on Friday and Saturday nights until late, engaging young people who are located on the streets at night during peak times of anti-social behaviour. The program operates out of a bus that patrols public areas of Broome where young people are known to hang out. Staff engage with young people at these sites, develop positive and respectful relationships and make sure that the young people are transported to a safe space. HYPE also supports the Chilling Space program, ensuring that participants are safely transported home from the nights activities.

Broome Family and Youth Hub – Parenting Program

The Indigenous Early Learning and Parenting Group offers a supported playgroup for children that is based on the principles of ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Learning Framework.’ It’s run by an early years learning facilitator and two play helpers. Staff support healthy early childhood development and school readiness and developing parents’ awareness that they are their child’s first teacher. They create a safe and non-confrontational setting for families to build peer support networks and engage in relevant workshops and activities. A range of other local community organisations are involved in running sessions with the group. While the group is based at the Drop in Centre, they go on regular outings. Transport is available for families and morning tea and lunch is provided.

Men’s Outreach Service Aboriginal Corporation – Men’s Health and Wellbeing

The Men’s Health & Wellbeing (MHWB) Program is based at Hamersley St and delivers a range of programs to support men and their families.  Further programs include counselling and case management to support men with complex needs including homelessness, alcohol & other drugs, mental health issues and relationship issues.

Time to Work Employment Service (TWES)

Time to Work Employment Service (TWES) is a contract with Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), to work with Aboriginal offenders making the transition from prison to community life, in order to improve their chances of employment post-release.

This is done by MOSAC workers engaging on a voluntary basis with individual clients in the last 2-4 months of their prison sentence, in order to build a relationship of trust. This relationship enables an accurate assessment, via a Transition Plan, of each client’s capacity, and barriers to work. The workers also link the clients with specialist assessors and employment providers.

Men and Family Relationships (MFR)

Men and Family Relationships (MFR) is a contract with Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) under its Family and Relationship Services program. This service provides counselling, information, advocacy and referral services to vulnerable and disadvantaged men and their families, who are often dealing with complex challenges, including substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, and violence, as well as relationship breakdown.

Drop In

Drop In provides a safe space (men only) for clients of the MOSAC Mens Health & Wellbeing program, and for any homeless, isolated or otherwise vulnerable men to build relationships with each other and/or MOSAC workers.

Other agencies use this space to deliver information and education sessions to the Drop In clients including Kimberley Mental Health & Drug Service.

 

Kimberley Family Violence Team

The WA Police can help you with a police order. A Police Order provides temporary but instant protection for a person who is being threatened, harassed or intimidated. It provides temporary relief to allow the opportunity for a person to attend court to obtain a Restraining Order.

They can also help you to get a Restraining Order, find a refuge or alternative accommodation. They can also refer you to support agencies such as Crisis Care, counselling services and legal services such as the Legal Aid Domestic Violence Legal Unit.

Life Without Barriers

Life Without Barriers services include:

  • Foster Care
  • Children and Families
  • Mental Health programs
  • Disability support
  • Residential Care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services
  • Aged Care Services

headspace Broome

headspace Broome is a free youth health service dedicated to supporting young people aged 12-25.

At headspace Broome they understand that sorting things out is not always easy, so to make things a little easier they offer a one stop shop with a variety of services to meet your needs.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID – 19 Headspace Broome are not supporting from their physical location. They will still be supporting young people through phone counselling and online options such as video conferencing.

Centacare Kimberley – Mental Health Support Service

Centacare Kimberley is able to offer people living with a mental illness the opportunity to access and maintain long term stable accommodation. Through a partnership with the Department of Housing, Centacare Kimberley is able to register a limited number of people on a dedicated waitlist that gives them priority access to a public or social housing tenancy.

To be eligible to access this program a person must have a diagnosed mental illness and be engaged with a medical practitioner (Doctor) or the Kimberley Mental Health Team in Broome. People who are in the Broome Mental Health Unit at Broome Hospital have priority access to this service, as the aim of the program is to support people with a mental illness who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Broome Youth and Families Hub – Reconnect

The Reconnect youth support officers provide support, informal counselling and preventative steps to address issues relating to homelessness. This is achieved through building positive, mutually-respectful relationships both individually and in group settings. Young people aged 12 -18 years old who are at risk of homelessness or who are homeless.

Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation-Pinakarra Youth Counselling Service

Pinakarra Youth Counselling Service assists youth with case management with one-to-one support, they develop and implement individual case management plans that target key underlying issues and priorities. They mentor and coach the individuals, giving them the confidence to achieve their goals. They continue to provide clients and families with the support they need. They assist youth with:

  • Case management: With one-to-one support, we develop and implement individual case management plans that target key underlying issues and priorities.
    We mentor and coach the individuals, giving them the confidence to achieve their goals.
  • Ongoing support: We continue to provide clients and families with the support they need.

Men’s Outreach Service Aboriginal Corporation – Strong Women, Strong Families (SWSF)

The SWSF is a program which provides a safe space for women who have been affected by family & domestic violence (FDV) to come together to reflect on their own understanding and experiences of FDV. Involvement in the SWSF gives the women an opportunity to positively contribute to the men’s program outcome by having:

  • A voice in the men’s behavioural change (MBC) process
  • The opportunity to hold their partners accountable for their use of violence; these women may act as a key accountability and quality assurance measure within the MBC program and provide a means of minimising collusion and increasing accountability of their partners (Stopping Family Violence 2018)
  • An opportunity to become familiar with the program content and expectations of the CEW content so they can support their partner’s anticipated positive behaviour changes A safe space for women to reflect on their own understanding and experience of family domestic violence
  • An opportunity to develop and review safety plans and strategies to ensure their own ongoing safety and the safety of their children
  • Improve and develop their own parenting skills
  • Begin to heal from their own trauma
  • Reconnect with their culture and identity as an Aboriginal woman The SWSF program also includes intensive one to one support and advocacy and post-workshop outreach support. As with the Men’s program there is a strong Social & emotional wellbeing (SEWB) component to the program and an opportunity for cultural immersion and on-country healing activities.

Marnja Jarndu Women’s Refuge

Marnja Jarndu Women’s Refuge provides crisis accommodation for women, with or without children (boys up to 12), who are escaping family or domestic violence.

Anglicare WA – Reclaiming Our Lives

Reclaiming Our Lives is a group program that supports women who have been or are victims of family and domestic violence. The program consists of eight two-hour sessions held at a safe venue, where you can share and talk openly about yourself, your relationships and your family. The program provides information about domestic violence but also encourages participating women to support each other emotionally and practically.

Topics include:

  • Stress
  • Self-esteem
  • The big picture
  • The abuse cycle
  • Dynamics of emotional abuse
  • Anger enemy or foe
  • Children
  • Legal Issues and conclusion

James Garnaut Horizon House

James Garnaut Horizon House in Broome provides support for young Aboriginal men aged 16 to 22 years who need long term accommodation and care. To be eligible for the St John of God Horizon House program, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Homeless or in need of accommodation and support
  • Aged 16 to 22 years old
  • Willing to work towards receiving a wage or obtaining Centrelink payments
  • Willing to contribute towards their share of rent and utilities – the cost of rent is means tested dependent on income to ensure affordability for all residents
  • Willing to participate in daily activities as agreed in their individual support plan for example school, work (voluntary), courses and counselling
  • Prepared to abide by the no smoking rule
  • No current significant issues with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

PCYC – Broome

Broome PCYC exists so that disadvantaged children and young people at risk across the Broome region have a safe place to go – somewhere they can feel at home, make friends and do things that young people should do.

Broome PCYC facilitates participation in sporting, recreation, cultural and community programs with an aim to encourage young people to achieve their best in life. The Centre caters to all ages through the provision of recreational activities such as boxing, gym classes and indoor soccer, and also delivers alternate education and diversionary programs.

Boab Health – Mental Health Team Offer

Boab Health provide mental health services including:

  • Adult mental Health Services (include the Community Support program and the Integrated Care Management program)
  • Child Mental Health service (Child Mental Health services provide individual counselling to children aged 0-12 years with their parents and/or carers. This service aims to help children and families address common mental health concerns such as: anxiety and depression, sleep problems, social and emotional issues, attachment difficulties, emotional and behavioural dysregulation, grief, loss and trauma)

Anglicare WA – StandBy Suicide Response

StandBy is for people, families and communities who have lost loved ones, friends or colleagues to suicide. StandBy can help people bereaved recently as well as providing support to people and communities affected by suicide in the past.

Anglicare WA – Family and Relationship Centre

Family Relationship Centres provide assistance to families at any stage of their lives. The Centres are for all families in need of information and support in relation to family relationships and for those families who are separated we offer family dispute resolution services. The staff assist families in many ways such as:

  • Providing information about family relationships, separation and connecting people with services that are appropriate for their individual needs
  • Providing Family Dispute Resolution where parents/families can discuss issues relating to their children and develop parenting plans that are in the best interests of their children
  • Assisting parents and families to work towards improving their communication and reducing their conflict
  • Assisting parents with enhancing knowledge and skills to assist both themselves and their children with separation issues
  • Providing child-focussed and child-inclusive practices and assisting parents to focus on the needs of children

Kimberley Medical Group

Kimberley Medical Group (KMG) is a mixed billing family medical practice in Broome. Services include:

  • General Medicine: Treatment of general medical conditions
  • Chronic Disease: Including preventative health care and management
  • Mental Health Services: Providing support relating to a wide range of mental health issues
  • Women’s Health: Including antenatal and postnatal care and family planning support
  • Children’s Health: Sick kids clinic on Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7.30 -8.30am
  • Men’s Health: Friendly and professional care for a number of men’s health issues.
  • Aboriginal Health: Supporting improvements in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people through the Kimberley
  • Skin Checks: Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of all skin cancers and lesions
  • Aviation Medicine: Aviation medical examination for commercial and private pilot licences and air traffic controllers
  • Medical Assessments: Both pre employment and insurance assessments
  • Sexual Health: Prevention, investigation and management of STIs
  • Vaccinations: Vaccinations and immunisations for all people – young or old

Mens Outreach Service Aboriginal Corporation (MOSAC) – Change Em Ways

The Change Em Ways (CEW) program is a federally funded Mens Behaviour Change Program which has been developed within a culturally secure, trauma informed framework for Indigenous men who have been involved in and wish to cease using family and domestic violence.

The program is premised on a number of core values:

  • Safety, Accountability and Responsibility
  • Respect for Country, Culture and Family
  • Strength-based Trauma-informed Healing
  • Support for Women and Children

The CEW program recognises the importance of partner contact during the men’s participation in the MBC process and a holistic approach being central to address and break the cycle of Indigenous Family Violence by engaging the man’s partner, family, children and community.

Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS)

BRAMS provides comprehensive, holistic and culturally responsive primary health care and social and emotional wellbeing services to Aboriginal people living in Broome.

State and National Services

Mensline

MensLine Australia is the national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available from anywhere in Australia and is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues. Mensline telephone support, online chat counselling

1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is a national sexual assualt and domestic violence counselling service.

1800RESPECT provide support and counselling for:

  • People experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence
  • Their friends and family
  • Workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

They can be contacted by phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Suicide Call Back

Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide. Suicide Call Back Service services include telephone chat services, online chat and video chat.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides mental health information and support for all Australiana. Beyond Blue services includes:

  • Telephone support
  • Online chat
  • Email support
  • Online forums

Lifeline

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. They offer telephone, online chat and text support services. Telephone service are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rurallink

Rurallink gives easy telephone access to experienced community mental health staff, with a focus on supporting people with mental health issues.

It is a confidential service that meets the needs of the community and delivering continuous care and support where needed. The service provides a single point of contact providing information, advice, assessment, and where required, referrals to other mental health services.

Meth Helpline

The Meth Helpline is a confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s meth use.

eheadspace

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.

Alcohol and Drug Support Line

Confidential, non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone seeking help for their own or another person’s alcohol or drug use.

Pets in Crisis

The Pets in Crisis program offers a temporary home for pets from households experiencing family and domestic violence while their owner seeks refuge or temporary accommodation of their own.

This helps to alleviate some of the logistical stress of removing themselves and their loved ones from a dangerous home environment.

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline

The Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides counselling for men who are concerned about becoming violent or abusive. The service can provide:

  • telephone counselling
  • information and referral to ongoing face to face services if required

Information and support is also available for men who have experienced family and domestic violence

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline

The Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence. This includes:

  • Phone counselling
  • Information and advice
  • Referral to local advocacy, support services, and safe accommodation if required
  • Support in escaping situations of family and domestic violence

Crisis Care Helpline

Crisis Care is a telephone information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. Call the Crisis Care Helpline when:

  • You need someone to help sort out a serious problem.
  • You are concerned about the wellbeing of a child.
  • You are escaping domestic violence and need help.
  • You are homeless.

Entry Point Perth

Entrypoint Perth is a free assessment and referral service assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Australia to access accommodation and support options. For individuals and families based in regional Western Australia, they can:

  • provide information on accommodation and support options to assist people to seek their own accommodation
  • assess individual circumstances of people and families experiencing domestic violence and, if eligible, provide formal referrals to crisis accommodation and support options

The Job Shop

The Job Shop is a regional recruitment agency offering a range of employment options for temporary workers and Australian residents.

Australian Government – Services Australia

Support through payments and services while you are looking for work or doing approved studies to help you find and keep a job.

Communicare Breathing Space Program

Communicare Breathing Space offers a behaviour change program to men who have been abusive in their intimate partner and family relationships. Their therapeutic community provides men with up to six months of accommodation while they undertake an intensive therapeutic program including educational group work, individual counselling and case management. Group work includes:

  • Men Relating Safely (men’s behaviour change programs)
  • Understanding Anger, Aggression and Emotions
  • Dadworx (Parenting/Fathering)
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) support

The program supports men to make changes in a secure and supported therapeutic setting.

Samaritans

The Samaritans is a Western Australian based not for profit organisation providing telephone counselling for all sorts of worries including:

  • Relationship or family problems
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Financial worries or job-related anxiety
  • School, college or study-related stress
  • Illness – your own or someone you care for
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • Thoughts of suicide.

Kidshelpline

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Kids Helpline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to talk to you. No problem is too big or too small to call Kids Helpline about.

Gambling Help Online

Gambling Help is support for anyone affected by gambling. Services include:

  • Free 24/7 chat and email counselling and support services
  • Professional counsellors with expertise in problem gambling and online services
  • A stepping stone for further help-seeking, including telephone and face-to-face gambling services

Qlife

QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

QLife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country. Services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia.

Blue Knot Foundation

Blue Knot Helpline is a specialist service which support adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, parents, partners, family and friends as well as the professionals who work with them.

Aborginal Family Law Service

Legal help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced domestic and family violence. They not only offer free legal services, but community education and early intervention and prevention programs as well.

Legal Aid WA

Legal Aid WA offers free or low-cost legal services to the community. Legal Aid WA services include infoline and infochat.

Women’s Legal Service WA

The Women’s Legal Service WA is a free community legal centre providing legal advice, support and advocacy to WA women experiencing disadvantage. They can assist women with:

  • Family law (parenting related matters, divorce and some property settlement matters through their Legal Clinic)
  • Family violence (identifying and responding to family violence and restraining order matters)
  • Protection and care (matters involving the Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support Division)
  • Criminal injuries compensation (where it relates to family violence, assault or sexual assault).

Services Australia – Crisis Payment

To get this you must:

  • be eligible for an income support payment from us
  • be in severe financial hardship
  • have an extreme life change. You can get it if you:
  • are experiencing family and domestic violence
  • get out after 14 days from prison or psychiatric confinement as a result of an offence
  • are a Humanitarian Entrant into Australia for the first time
  • go through a natural disaster not covered by the Disaster Recovery Payment
  • are in Australia when the event occurred, and when you submit your claim
  • are eligible for an income support payment.

Services Australia – Farm Household Allowance

A payment for farming families in financial hardship.

To get this you must:

  • be a farmer or partner of a farmer, who spends a major part of your time and capital, working on the farm
  • meet the income and assets test limits
  • meet mutual obligation requirements. To get Farm Household Allowance (FHA) you must meet all the following:
  • be a farmer or partner of a farmer
  • be 16 years or older
  • contribute labour and capital to an Australian farm, or are the partner of a farmer who does
  • have income and assets below certain amounts
  • have had less than 4 years of FHA in the specific 10-year period.

National Debt Hotline

National Debt Helpline is a not-for-profit service that helps people tackle their debt problems. Their financial counsellors offer a free, independent and confidential service.

Your Toolkit

Your Toolkit is a free comprehensive online financial toolkit that is designed to help women facing domestic and family violence and financial abuse on their journey to more independent, confident and safe lives. Their website includes information on:

  • Centrelink and myGov account and support payments
  • Tools for managing your own finances (including budgeting and saving)
  • Financial assistance for living costs
  • Understanding financial areas such tax, superannuation, credit and insurance

MoneySmart

ASIC’s MoneySmart website is for all Australians – young or old, rich or poor, investing or paying off debt.

They offer free, independent guidance. They have smart tips on dealing with the ups and downs of life:

  • losing your job
  • having a baby
  • divorce or separation
  • buying a home
  • losing your partner
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