Domestic violence help
in your region
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.
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.
Intensive Family Support Service
Is a partnership between Australian Childhood Foundation, Centacare Kimberley and Derby Aboriginal Health Services, who have put together a team of local Family Support Workers with the role of offering support to families living in Broome and Derby who are at risk of having their children placed in state care. The focus of this program is on helping families to stay together by working with the family to create a safe, supportive and nurturing home environment. This program also works with families who are participating in the reunification of a child.
Family Care Support Service
Is another partnership program between Australian Childhood Foundation, Centacare Kimberley and Derby Aboriginal Health Services, that has been developed to offer support to families living in Broome and Derby who are looking after a family member in state care, through a Kinship Care Arrangement. This could be a young person living with an aunty, uncle, a grandparent, or even an older brother or sister. It is a program that can provide practical supports, access to other specialist supports, as well as parenting and child development advice, parenting skills development and knowledge.
The Child and Parent Centre (CPC) works to improve access to health and education for Fitzroy Valley families targeting children aged 0–8 years and their families. It is a welcoming, safe & dynamic space that delivers programs to meet the changing needs of vulnerable families.
A trained child support worker is on site and will relieve the parent of care if she needs to attend appointments.
The support may include outings with the parents’ permission, liaison with schools for enrolments, play therapy, referrals for mother and or child to a host of other agencies that may assist with the variety of needs the consumer presents with.
These services cover the Wheatbelt and Upper Great Southern, and based in Northam and Narrogin.
The Service provides holistic support services to families through a range of workshops and community opportunities to assist them to develop life skills, reduce social isolation and provide practical assistance and referral to other services when required. Practical support includes attending meetings with clients, letter writing, advocacy, literacy numeracy programs and emergency relief. Workshops provide crèche facilities and focus on life skills, craft work and parenting programs eg: cooking, storytelling, fun play with children.
Centrecare Family Dispute Resolution focuses on children. They also assist couples and families communicate effectively and reach agreements in relation to the needs of children and/or resolve property matters. Separation can be a difficult time for families, particularly for children. The Family Law requires parents to attempt to resolve issues related to their children through Family Dispute Resolution (or a similar service) before being able to initiate proceedings in the Family Court.
The Child Sexual Abuse Therapy Service aims to reduce the devastating effects of sexual abuse on children through counselling and support, providing them with strategies that enable them to be safe and establish non-abusive relationships in their future.
The service assists children to manage trauma and educates them about social skills and strategies that enable them to be safe and establish non-abusive relationships. It also teaches parents to recognise the symptoms and effects of sexual abuse against children and how to provide support for their child’s healing.
Counselling is available for children and their non-offending family members. This includes:
The free Children’s Counselling Service at Desert Blue Connect supports both the parents/caregivers and children. They provide consultation and counselling for parents who are concerned about their children. This may be parents who know or suspect that their children have experienced child sexual assault, or those who want to support their children who have been exposed to or experienced family violence. A Child Counsellor will support you with tools and advice for better dealing with daily life challenges.