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CWA of WA Sir James Mitchell Fund

The Sir James Mitchell Fund is used to assist those who may need a helping hand. Applications for assistance are considered on an individual basis and are completely confidential. Assistance is in the form of IGA food cards, health expenses and other general assistance. It does not assist with whitegoods, rental bonds and arrears, utility bills (electricity, gas, water etc), car registration/maintenance, travel or funeral expenses.

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Safe at Home Domestic Violence Outreach program

The Safe at Home Domestic Violence Outreach program is a telephone support service to help men bring about positive behaviour changes in their lives to develop respectful relationships with their partner, ex-partner and children.

The Safe at Home Domestic Violence Outreach program provides:

  • Assistance to men to gain an understanding of their part in the cycle of violence and in taking responsibility for their use of violence and abuse;
  • Referrals and links to individual and group programs suiting the individual circumstances and needs of participants attempting to make sustainable behavioural changes;
  • A collaborative approach to developing strategies and plans to assist men make decisions to best build stronger families.

Who Can Safe at Home Domestic Violence Outreach Help?

Our Safe at Home Domestic Violence Outreach program is available to all men living within WA who are ready and willing to make long-term behavioural changes.

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Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provide information and referral, a low-cost legal advice service on a wide range of issues, and a mediation service.

Their services include:

  • Free information on a wide range of issue
  • Low-cost Legal Advice
  • Low-cost mediation and dispute resolution
  • Free Tax Help (July – October)
  • Assistance with WA NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme) Applications
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Probate Assistance
  • Preparation of Family Court documents
  • Letters of Administration
  • Wills
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Enduring Powers of Guardianship
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Rural West

Rural Financial Counselling Services WA (RFCS WA) services are available to:

  • All types of farming including livestock, grain, fruit and vegetables
  • Professional fishing
  • Forestry
  • Small rural businesses that support these industries, such as fencing, harvesting, spraying or stock management contracting.
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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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Western Australia Police Force

If life is at threat, call 000 immediately. If you need to report a breach of a Family Violence Order, or require Police attendance, please call 131 444.

Questions you may be asked:

  • The address where the incident is taking place.
  • Your name and telephone number.
  • The offender’s name, age and date of birth.
  • Are there any weapons involved? Are you able to describe them?
  • Are you the victim? If no, what’s the victim’s name?

If the incident is occurring while you are talking to the operator, stay on the telephone. Your safety is paramount to us.

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Dads in Distress

Free help for separated dads. They provide:

  • Support Helpline
  • 24/7 Online Chat and Forum
  • Online Support Meetings
  • In-person Support Groups
  • Separation Checklist
  • External Support Links
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Family Advocacy and Support Service

A free specialist family violence service which provides legal and social support services to victims of family and domestic violence. The Family Advocacy Support Service can help with:

  • Arrangements for children
  • Domestic Violence Orders (known as Family Violence Restraining Orders or FVROs)
  • Property after separation
  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Child protection
  • Applying for legal aid
  • Some urgent court matters
  • Help you plan for your safety
  • Talk to the Family Courts about your safety at court
  • Give you information and support during your family law case
  • Help with practical problems like Centrelink and housing
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StepUp Loans

StepUp is a low interest loan for people on low incomes who have difficulty accessing credit from a bank. You can borrow from $800 – $3,000 with up to three years to pay it back. There are no fees. Loans can be used for items such as:

  •  Secondhand cars or repairs
  • White goods
  • Furniture
  • Computers
  • Vocational Education
  • Medical Expenses

*Loans cannot be used for cash, debt consolidation, holidays or bills

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No Interest Loan Scheme

No Interest Loans (NILS) provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.

Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500. Repayments are set at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months.

Eligibility:

  • Health Care Card/ Pension Card or earn less than $45 000 a year after tax ($60 000 for couples or people with dependants)
  • Lived at current or previous address for at least 3 months
  • Capacity to repay the loan
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SANE Help Centre

The SANE Help Centre provides counselling, support, information and referrals to adults who identify as having a complex mental health issue, complex trauma or high levels of psychological distress. SANE services include telephone counselling, online chat service, email counselling support and community forums.

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Call to Mind

Call to Mind is a telepsychiatry service that allows people across Australia to access quality mental health care. They have a team of psychiatrists ranging in availability and speciality to best meet your needs. Consults are held on a video-conferencing platform so you can attend your appointment from anywhere.

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WA Poisons Information Centre

The WA Poisons Information Centre (WAPIC) is an emergency phone service to the states of Western Australia and South Australia and the Northern Territory providing management advice in cases of suspected poisoning and known poisonings. Advice is also provided on drug information and poisoning prevention.

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Youth Legal Service

Youth Legal Service is a not-for-profit organisation providing free legal services to children and young people across Western Australia.

Children and young people can access our legal advice line during office hours, for the cost of a local telephone call or call our free 1800 number.

They can offer advice in:

  • Legal rights and responsibilities and accessing personal belongings and papers.
  • Legal advice on all criminal matters and traffic offences for children and young people under 25 years of age, for offences within Western Australia.
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Family Violence Law Help

FASS provide support and legal help if you are affected by domestic and family violence and have a family law issue.

They can help you if you have experienced domestic and family violence or someone says you have used violence. The Family Advocacy and Support Service lawyers can assist by:

  • Arrangements for children
  • Domestic Violence Orders (known as Family Violence Restraining Orders or FVROs)
  • Property after separation
  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Child protection
  • Applying for legal aid
  • Some urgent court matters The Family Advocacy and Support Service support worker can assist by: Help you plan for your safety
  • Talk to the Family Courts about your safety at court
  • Give you information and support during your family law case
  • Help with practical problems like Centrelink and housing
  • Advocate for you with services like police
  • Connect you with men’s behaviour change programs or other services
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Healthdirect

Healthdirect provides free, trusted health information and advice over the phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Telehealth

Telehealth is a health appointment by videoconference, connecting you with a medical specialist, allied health professional or nurse.

People in regional Western Australia can use videoconferencing to attend appointments with their clinician in Perth or another location. In some cases, it is also available to people in the city who find it hard to get to their health professional.

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Instant Consult

Instant Consult provides you with the ability to have a health consultation with an Australian registered, fully qualified and experienced Doctor via video call, anywhere in Australia.

They provide a platform for affordable and effective health consultations supplementing the traditional health care system. No need to book an appointment – simply “Request a Consult” and the first available Doctor will connect with you instantly.

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Online Restraining Order Application

The online restraining order application service has been introduced to make it possible for people seeking the protection of a restraining order to lodge their application without having to attend a court registry. You can visit or phone a registered organisation and they will be able to help you lodge the application.

If an urgent order is required and it is not possible to make an application to the court (for example, it is outside of business hours or you are in a remote location), WA police can issue 72 hour police orders. Please contact WA Police on 131 444 or 000 for emergencies.

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WAConnect

WAConnect is an online directory where users can search for food relief, financial counsellors and emergency accomodation among other services.

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