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Below is a list of family support services, including family education and counselling services, family planning services, local day care options and government departments. If you cannot find local family services for your area, there is a list of state and national family support services at the bottom of this page.

Waratah – Children’s Domestic Violence Service

Waratah Children’s Domestic Violence Service (CDV) is designed to offer services to help children, young people and their families heal from the harmful psychological, emotional and social effects of domestic violence and abuse.
 
The service provides free, specialised counselling, support and therapeutic intervention services for:
• Children, young people and their families, who have witnessed or experienced family and domestic violence
• Children, young people and their families who are in circumstances where violence has occurred, or is likely to occur, in an intimate familial relationship
 
For out of hours help, advice and counselling 1800 737 732 
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Waratah – Education, Training and Community Development Service

Waratah Education, Training and Community Development Service plays an important role by increasing community knowledge and skills and challenge the myths surrounding sexual assault and sexual abuse and domestic violence. Training Programs include:

  • Respectful Relationships – which provides interactive sessions to young people on developing healthy relationships
  • Healthy Responses to Children – which provides interactive sessions to enable parents develop skills and assist their children who have experienced trauma
  • Trauma Informed Practice and Care Delivery – for professionals
  • Dealing with Disclosures of Sexual Abuse and Assault – for professionals
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Understanding the Impacts of Trauma on Children’s Behaviour
For after hours help, advice and counselling, please call 1800 737 732
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Waratah – Family Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Service

This service provides review and triages of Domestic Violence Incident Reports. This brief Intervention Model provides risk assessments, facilitates multi-agency case management on a needs basis and develops appropriate responses for families and individuals where incidences of family and domestic violence have occurred.
Family and Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Service is a Co-Location Response Model which includes the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and the WA Police; together, they form the Family and Domestic Violence Response Team.
 
For out of hours help, advice and counselling 1800 737 732.
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South West Women’s Health & Information Centre – Health Education

Information and advice is available on all aspects of women’s health. Make an appointment to see a qualified nurse.

  • Contraception
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Pregnancy Choices (including Unplanned Pregnancy, Terminations, Support)
  • Menopause Issues
  • Period Problems
  • Any other health concerns you may have.

They provide telephone, one to one or community education on women’s health topics. They are also able to do pregnancy testing and offer follow up support.

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Relationship Australia – Bunbury Family Resource Centre

They can help by providing information about family relationships at all stages – forming new relationships, overcoming relationship difficulties or dealing with separation. They can also refer you to other services that can help.

If you are parents experiencing separation, they will talk with you to help you focus on your children’s needs and help you decide what to do next. They can also provide Family Dispute Resolution sessions with the other parent or family members to help you agree on parenting arrangements.

They can also provide joint sessions with the other parent or family members to help you agree on parenting arrangements. They provide information, referral and individual sessions free of charge.

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Relationships WA – Bunbury

Relationships WA Bunbury provide relationship education courses, including:

  • Communication in Relationships
  • Healthy Conflict in Relationships
  • Parenting After Seperation
  • Self Worth – An Introduction
  • Stepfamilies: An Introduction
  • Supporting Your Anxious Child
  • Understanding Angry Emotions
  • Communication in Relationships
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Dads and Daughters
  • Fathering after Separation
  • Healthy Conflict in Relationships
  • Managing Anger (Men)
  • Parenting after Separation
     
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MacKillop Family Services – South West Emergency Care for Children

South West Emergency Care for Children supports families with children up to 11 years of age within their own home when the family may be experiencing a crisis.
Crises include family sickness including hospitalisation, bereavement, or situations that place the family under stress. When parents find themselves in crisis, a Family Support Worker may come to the family’s home to care for the children.
 
Services may include:
• In-home child-care
• Transport to school or day-care
• Helping prepare meals for the children
• Washing/bathing the children
• Additional practical support as determined upon assessment
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Department for Child Protection and Family Support – Bunbury

The Department provides a range of child safety and family support services to Western Australian individuals, children and their families. Contact them for assistance to access emergency accommodation.

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Centrecare – Bunbury Counselling and Family Support Service

Centrecare counselling is designed to provide you and your family with counselling, support, information, connection to other services and to assist you to build on your strengths as a parent/family. We will also assist you to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to deal with life changes or crises as they occur.
 
The service provides:
• Home visits
• Case management
• Enhancing parenting skills and knowledge
• Counselling for parents and caregivers
• Parenting support
• Assistance to identify and manage changes
• Assistance with linking individuals and families into community support networks
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Anglicare WA – Childrens Contact Service

The Children’s Contact Service aims to provide a safe, neutral, child focused environment in which visiting arrangements for children are facilitated.
 
What does the service offer? 
• Changeovers – To avoid unnecessary conflict
and stress for children and parents.
• Supervised Visits – Occur in a child-focused
environment which is warm, friendly and safe.
• Offsite Supervised Visits – Occur at the
discretion of the senior Children’s Contact
Service staff after a full assessment.
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State and National Family Services Services

Online Restraining Order Application

A restraining order is designed to prevent acts of family or personal violence. Having a restraining order allows the police to intervene on behalf of the protected person if the conditions are breached.
The online restraining order application service has been introduced for people seeking the protection of a restraining order to lodge their application without having to attend a court registry.
Police officers have the ability to issue a police order for up to 72 hours in certain circumstances. This order is a temporary restraining order that allows the protected person the ability to make an application to a court during normal business hours. Please contact the Western Australia Police Force on 131 444 if you require police assistance or 000 in an emergency.
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Dads in Distress

Free help for separated dads. Keeping dads alive and in their kids lives since 1999. Guaranteed 100% free, confidential and dad friendly. 
Services include:
 
• Support Helpline
• 24/7 Online Chat & Forum – Jump on to our Virtual Verandah, a private online platform allowing you to get & give help to dads nation-wide. 
• Online meetings; Talk live with dads just like you across Australia. All dads regardless of location are welcome to join any/ all online meetings.
• Physical Peer Support Groups
• Separation Checklist 
• External Support Links 
 
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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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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.

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