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Below is a list of education support services, including behaviour change programs, community education programs, protective behaviour programs, women’s support programs and relationship education. If you cannot find local education support services for your area, you can find a list of state and national education programs at the bottom of this page.

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.

 

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

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.

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.

Anglicare WA – Family and Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Service

The Family and Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Service works in partnership with the Department for Child Protection and the WA Police to improve the safety of child and adult victims of family and domestic violence. The service uses a collaborative approach that focuses on timely and early intervention following a police call out to a domestic violence incident.

Anglicare WA – Changing Tracks

Through a 24 week group program you can learn to manage your anger and gain the skills to communicate in a healthy and effective manner. Participants can hear and share stories with others in similar situations and access support in a respectful and confidential environment.

The course teaches participants methods of anger management and how to reprogram their responses to conflict and stress. Individual counselling is also made available to work through issues and address the source of violent, abusive behaviour. Counselling is confidential, respectful and professional.

Anglicare WA hopes to motivate change in men’s lives and promote compassionate relationships free of abuse. Changing Tracks can assist clients whose:

  • Behaviour is hurting their family and self
  • Anger or violence is getting out of hand
  • Partner has asked them to seek help repeatedly
  • Partner has applied for a Violence Restraining Order
  • Children do not want to communicate with them anymore
  • Actions towards their family may be classified as: Humiliation, intimidation, injury, abuse, threatening, disrespectful, pushing, hitting, causing fear

State and National Education 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.

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.

WESNET – Safe Connections

The Safe Connections program provides tech-abuse advice to women who are experiencing technology-facilitated abuse as well as being able to provide women (and children) affected by domestic, family or sexual violence with a free Safe Connections phones and top-up credit (eligible clients can top-up 3 times in the financial year).

They also provide tech-abuse advice where they can organise appointments with one of our tech experts.

DVassist Telephone Counselling Service

The DVassist counselling service is available Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm, via free call 1800 080 083 to anyone living in remote, regional, and rural Western Australia. We provide information and support for women, men and young people living in remote, regional, and rural Western Australia experiencing family and domestic violence.

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