Domestic & Family Violence

CatholicCare provides a range of services to assist women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. We assist all women, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds, older women, women in same sex relationships, Aboriginal women and women who are isolated.

Domestic and family violence is any behaviour that’s used to gain or maintain power and control over someone else and comes in many forms – psychological, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, financial, social and spiritual control, stalking and intimidation.

 

Domestic and family violence is any behaviour that’s used to gain or maintain power and control over someone else and comes in many forms ...

We provide the following services. Please click on the down arrows on the right for more information.

Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

Provides support, advocacy, referrals and information for women experiencing
domestic violence. We help women and their children with information about
domestic and family violence, and how to get protection from the court. We
see clients before, during, and after court.

This service covers the Upper and Lower North Shore of Sydney and the
Northern Beaches. If women have a domestic violence case going to court, we
can assist them at Hornsby and Manly Courts.

We also refer women and their families to other services, as required.

For more information contact:

Northern Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service
P: (02) 8425 8707
E: nswdvcas@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Staying Home Leaving Violence Program (SHLV)

Gives women wanting to escape domestic or family violence a choice – either to stay in their own homes or to leave safely.

For women wanting to stay in their home, we work with the police for exclusion orders and provide a safety audit of your home plus security upgrades. We make your home and family safer. If you want to leave, we help with safe leaving plans and emergency accommodation.

We support you through the separation and help with legal and police matters. We provide information on Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO), court processes and family law procedures. We also help with Victim Services Applications, counselling and support groups – providing long term support in the community you live in.

Download the brochure here.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Safe Homes Integrated Domestic Family Violence

A service for all victims of domestic and family violence – males, females and children. This service also assists men who wish to change their behaviour and become better fathers.

Safe Homes runs groups, and provides education to help people who are violent toward their family to understand the impact of their behaviour and how to make changes. We also help children recover from the trauma of violence. We work with families and parents who have grown up with violence as children, and now live with violence in their homes as adults. We help children heal and learn positive ways to communicate and deal with conflict, so that domestic violence does not pass down through generations.

The brochure can be found here.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

After Hours Response Team
Domestic violence after hours response

The Northern District DVRE team provides after-hours crisis support to women and children who have left a violent relationship, or who are wanting to leave. Our after-hours team is open 365 evenings a year and can assisting women and children with:

  • Emergency accommodation
  • Face-to-face visits from our after-hours staff when it is safe for us to do so
  • Emotional and counselling supports
  • Practical items such as food, clothing, toiletries and baby items
  • Safety planning information and useful contacts
  • Interpreting and translating services
  • Follow-up support from a specialist domestic violence caseworker
  • Housing assistance and advocacy
  • Applying for AVO’s and court support
  • Access to specialist domestic violence services including counselling,
    groups and victim’s services
  • Help with visas and immigration referrals
  • Assistance with applying for payments
  • Support services for children.

We help women and children leave domestic violence and build a strong
support network and achieve safe and positive lives.

Any organisation can refer women wanting to leave a domestic violence
relationship to our service. We also welcome women to call us directly if they
would like our assistance.

Contacts:
Business hours: (02) 9488 2400 (Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm)
After hours: (02) 9488 2580 (Monday to Sunday 5.00pm – 10.00pm)


Multi-Systemic Therapy Care and Neglect (MST-CAN) after hours response

MST-CAN works with youth aged 6 – 17 years and their families who have come to the attention of Family & Community Services. MST-CAN’s mission is to keep families together, ensure child safety and prevent abuse and neglect, and reduce mental health issues.

MST-CAN service users will be given an after hours phone number to contact in crisis situations.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Specialist Housing & Homelessness Services
Specialist Services

Provides temporary supported accommodation, outreach and early intervention for single parents and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

A caseworker assists each family in addressing issues which have led to homelessness and supports them towards independent living.

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


Young Parents Homelessness Services (KEYS)

KEYS helps young parents aged 16 – 24 years who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. We offer accommodation assistance and support.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


Mary Mac’s Place

Mary Mac’s provides homeless or transient people with a meal and a place to shower and wash clothes. Mary Mac’s also provides social, community and friendship opportunities for men, women and families, young people, elderly people and anyone facing difficulties in their lives. This service is located at the Ethel Cox Centre, 100 Blackwall Road, Woy Woy.

This service is located at the Ethel Cox Centre.
100 Blackwall Road
WOY WOY NSW 2256
P: (02) 4341 0584
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Multi-Systemic Therapy Care and Neglect (MST-CAN)

MST-CAN works with youth aged 6 – 17 years and their families who have come to the attention of Family & Community Services. MST-CAN’s mission is to keep families together, ensure child safety and prevent abuse and neglect and reduce mental health issues.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Child & Family Trauma Recovery Groups

We have the following groups available:

  • Wrapped in Angels
  • In Safe Hands
  • Inspire
  • Seasons for Growth

WRAPPED IN ANGELS
Helps children and adults who have experienced trauma and abuse. The group is a unique journey of rediscovery and recovery that explores our lives. It involves creating a blanket – a representation of love, protection, warmth and safety. The blanket is yours to keep.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
E: nbfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Cost: $60 per family to cover materials (financial concessions are available).


IN SAFE HANDS
Deals with the impact of domestic and family violence on children. It helps parents understand what to look out for at different stages of a child’s growth and development. It also teaches parents how to assist their children and help them heal.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


INSPIRE – ART THERAPY
A fortnightly group for women who have experienced domestic and family violence. Inspire assists women in developing new personal networks, build confidence, better manage their emotions and understand what happened in a fun and supportive environment using art therapy and other techniques.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


SEASONS FOR  GROWTH KIDS
Helps children and young people deal with grief and loss. It uses the four seasons to explain the process people go through when they are grieving and helps make them stronger.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Support Groups for Women

We have the following groups available:

  • Women of Strength
  • Regaining Self
  • Shark Cage

WOMEN OF STRENGTH
An 8 week support group for women who have experienced an abusive
relationship. Women learn about the dynamics of an abusive relationship,
how to improve their self-esteem, reduce self-blame and explore options for
the future. You will meet other women in a similar situation.

Cost: Gold coin donation

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccarfedbb.org.au


REGAINING SELF
Looks at issues relating to the impacts of domestic and family violence. Topics include identifying violence, the law, the impact on children and on self-esteem, communication, anger and sadness, recognising healthy relationships, stages of change and how to move on.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


SHARK CAGE
Assists women who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. Shark Cage teaches women their rights, improves awareness of abusive behaviours and how to identify and respond to such behaviour, and ways to decrease the likelihood of domestic/family violence happening again.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

Casework Support
TARGETED EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS

Parenting can be a tough gig, and we all need a little support from time to
time. This program aims to strengthen family relationships by providing home
visits to families who are experiencing challenges with parenting. Families can
refer themselves to our Centre if they would like to talk to a caseworker about
child development or behaviour issues, feeling socially isolated, mental illness,
substance abuse, domestic violence, gambling, housing issues, childcare or
other support issues. This is a free service.

Caseworkers undertake assessments with the family and work with you on how to best support your family.

Group based intervention is also provided to clients through playgroups and via parenting courses such as:

  • Circle of Security
  • Infant Massage
  • Tuning into Kids
  • Tuning into Teens
  • Triple P Parenting

CIRCLE OF SECURITY
This 8 week program is suitable for parents of children 0 – 5 years.  Understand your child’s behaviour, help your child manage their emotions, develop more skills to build a positive relationship with your child and learn how to build their confidence and self-esteem.

This program is run in all of our Family Centres. For more information contact:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
E: nbfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


INFANT MASSAGE
Helps parents understand baby’s development and crying cues. Parents will learn several massage techniques for babies.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
E: nbfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


TUNING INTO KIDS
Children who develop emotional intelligence often do better emotionally and
socially and have better health and fewer behavioural difficulties. Learn skills
to assist your child to understand and manage their emotions. Explore how to
deal with frustrations and conflict and how to help your child develop good
social skills and positive behaviours.

This program is based out of all our Family Centres. For more information contact:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
E: nbfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


TUNING INTO TEENS
Understand adolescent development, guide your teens increasing
independence, learn how to deal with peer pressure and how to create
opportunities for connection.

This program is based out of the following Family Centres. For more information contact:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
E: nbfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM (TRIPLE P) SEMINAR
This group addresses general parenting issues including why children behave
in certain ways. Learn how to respond and deal decisively and effectively
with aggression, non-cooperation and disobedience. You will gain a greater
understanding of how to help your child manage strong emotions.

This seminar is run in all of our Family Centres as well as across our local communities. For more information contact:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: ccfc@catholiccare.dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: nfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Family Centre
P: (02) 8043 2600
E: nbfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au


INTENSIVE FAMILY PRESERVATION SUPPORT 

This program is for families with children aged 0 – 18 years who have been
identified as being at high risk of harm by the NSW Family & Community
Services.

Families referred to this program receive intensive support from a specialist
caseworker for 6 months. Caseworkers and families work together to develop
safety action plans and work to reduce risks to children so that Family &
Community Services can be assured children are safe and can remain at home.

This program operates a 24/7 telephone support for families to assist them to
implement change. Referrals to this program are received through Pennant Hills or Chatswood Community Service Centres. This is a free service.

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: wfc@catholiccaredbb.org.au

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