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Esperance Crisis Accommodation Service – Mara House

The ECAS Women’s Safe House offers support to women and children (male under 17 years of age) escaping Family and Domestic Violence and experiencing homelessness through Domestic Violence.

At the refuge staff will assist you with information to help you decide about housing, legal and income issues. You will be supplied with bedding and food, clothing and toiletries if needed.

Support, referrals, advocacy and information to those using the service.

They can refer you to other services like a counsellor to discuss your feelings and choices at this time.

 

Safe at Home Service:

For some families, staying in their home and having the violent person leave is the best option.

Staff can provide support for women staying at their homes.

The staff can help you assess your risk and support you with safety plans and increased practical safety measures.

The staff will provide regular outreach assistance and support while you rebuild a safe life for yourself and your children.

 

Each woman has a key worker who can help with the following:

  • Safety planning
  • Building self-confidence and independence
  • Advice on housing rights and responsibilities
  • Legal Support
  • Accompanying to court
  • Refer you to Financial Counselor, who can help with budgeting, paying bills and debts
  • Resettlement skills, such as shopping and cooking
  • Referrals to other relevant agencies

Goldfields Community Legal Centre Inc.

Goldfields Legal Centre Inc is a not for profit organization that is providing advice, casework, and information to low-income earners and other disadvantaged members of the community. The Goldfields Legal Centre Inc provides services in family law, including:

  • Divorce/ Separation
  • Property Settlement,
  • Children’s issues
  • Violence restraining orders

Goldfields Legal Centre Inc outreaches to Esperance.

Victim Support Service and Child Witness Service Esperance

The Victim Support Service provides free, confidential counselling and support services for all victims of crime. These services are provided by professional counsellors and trained volunteers. Services available to victims of crime include:

  • Counselling and Support
  • Providing information and referrals to other support services
  • Helping victims write a victim impact statement
  • Preparing and supporting victims during a court case
  • Helping victims obtain information on the status of police investigations
  • Providing support when making an application for a restraining order
  • Providing information about criminal injuries compensation
  • Helping victims understand their rights within the criminal justice system
  • Providing information on the status of convicted offenders in WA, through the Victim Notification Register

The Child Witness Service is a voluntary and free service available to children under 18 years of age who are to give evidence to a court.

Trained staff can assist with:

  • accessing services such as counselling, police, legal, medical and other relevant services
  • working with the WA Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions and providing the child with up to date information as a matter progresses through the court system
  • preparing a child for giving evidence in court and providing in court support
  • helping a child to prepare a victim impact statement.

 

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