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Anglicare WA Karratha – Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support Service

The Domestic Violence Advocacy and Support Service provides support and advocacy to adult victims of family and domestic violence, giving them a voice and support with agency referrals and counselling.

The support provided by this service includes:

  • Information about safe accommodation options
  • Referral to other relevant agencies
  • Advocacy on victim’s behalf to other agencies
  • Support with legal and court proceedings
  • Police liaison
  • Education and information about family and domestic violence
  • Emotional support

Victim Support Service and Child Witness Service Karratha

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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Housing Support Program:

The housing support service supports and  assists clients to obtain secure, stable, and long term accommodation. Working closely with other services such as Department of Communities, the housing support service focuses on educating clients so they have the skills and knowledge to sustain and maintain their long term tenancy.

Family Law:

  • Property Settlement- Solicitors offer limited assistance in relation to property settlement. They can provide; general information regarding the process of initiating and finalising financial relations with your partner, general assistance with filling in court forms and making appropriate referrals to other services
  • Parenting- Solicitors provide advice only and appropriate referrals in areas such as: where the children will live, how much time spent with the other parent, parenting plans and orders, location and recovery orders and breach of court orders.
  • Divorce- Solicitors provide advice and assistance with the process and drafting of court documents.
  • Care and Protection- Solicitors provide advice and court representation for care and protection matters. They do not provide representation in appeal matters.
  • Family and Domestic Violence- Solicitors provide advice in relation to restraining orders, negotiating resolutions prior to the matter proceeding trial, court representation (where appropriate)

Criminal Injuries compensation:

Victims of family violence and victims of any other crime who have suffered bodily harm, or psychological injury as a result of the crime may be eligible to claim Criminal Injuries Compensation.

Domestic violence advocacy and victim support service (DVAVSS):

DVAVSS provides information, support, referrals and assistance in a secure and confidential setting where you are safe to tell your story. The service acts as an important tool to help overcome trauma, recover and rebuild life after abuse. DVAVSS provides assistance with:

  • Providing information to clients about their rights, options, and the community resources available for them;
  • Safety planning- various strategies are discussed so a client can decide for themselves what strategies to use to reduce their future risk of abuse;
  • Violence Restraining Order applications
  • Encouragement, empathy and respect with a non-judgmental approach and culturally sensitive support.
  • Informal counselling can be through crisis intervention or casual conversation.

Keeping women safe program (KWS):

An early intervention and prevention strategy aimed to help women and their children from becoming homeless and improve safety following family and domestic violence (FDV). The program helps women to stay in their home or a home of their choosing, when it is safe an appropriate to do so.

Domestic violence workers assist with:

  • Risk assessment
  • Safety planning
  • Welfare/safety/security checks
  • Linking clients to a wide range of services that address their expressed needs
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