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 obtain effective legal protection by applying for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO). This service operates at Hornsby and Manly local courts. We also refer women and children to other services including legal, housing, financial, health and counselling support.

For more information contact:

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

 

Staying Home Leaving Violence Program (SHLV)

A free service giving women wanting to escape domestic or family violence, a choice to either stay in their own homes, or to leave safely. We help with safe leaving strategies and plans and emergency accommodation.

We advocate with police for exclusion orders so you can stay in your home, we support you through separation, help with legal and police matters and help make your home and family safer.

We assist with safety audits of the home and security upgrades, long term case management and case coordination, provide information on Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO), court processes and family law procedures. We help with advocacy and referrals, psychotherapy groups, Victims Services Applications and housing, financial and family law matters.

For more information contact our Central Coast Family Centre.
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

 

Safe Homes Integrated Domestic Family Violence

This is a service for all victims of domestic violence, male or female.

Domestic violence rates have been rising across the Central Coast, with a 14.6 per cent increase each year from 2014.

This new service will hold domestic violence groups, perpetrator education to assist them to understand the impact of their behaviour and make changes, as well as helping children recover from trauma. Children can often be left out in service provision. We want to look at intergenerational violence on the Central Coast and help heal children so that domestic violence does not pass down through generations.

For more information contact our:

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

 

After Hours Response Team
Domestic violence after hours response

This service supports women and children who have escaped violence and need after hours emergency accommodation and support. Our qualified crisis support workers provide counselling and practical support to help women and children access what they need during a crisis.

We provide this after-hours support service across the Northern Sydney districts. The service runs 5.00pm – 10.00pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

We offer:

  • After hours visits (where it is safe to do so)
  • Culturally sensitive support (we access interpreters if required)
  • Basic essentials such as food, nappies, travel and food vouchers
  • Referral to specialist homelessness services if housing is required
  • Short term case management to assist you in putting a safety action plan in place
  • Support with any legal processes
  • Follow up support

Contacts:
During business hours: (02) 9488 2400
After hours: (02) 9488 2580


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: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.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: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


KEYS – Young Parents Homelessness Services

KEYS helps young parents aged 16 – 24 years who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. We offer accommodation assistance, case management and intensive support. Our goal is to avoid homelessness.

For more information contact our Central Coast Family Centre.
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au


Mary Mac’s Place

Mary Mac’s provides a program for homeless or transient people to enable them to have a meal and a place to shower and to wash their clothes. Mary Mac’s provides social, community and friendship opportunities for men, women and families, young people, the elderly, and the socially and economically disadvantaged.

This service is located at the Ethel Cox Centre.
100 Blackwall Road
WOY WOY NSW 2256
P: (02) 4341 0584
E: marymacs@woywoycatholic.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: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.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: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

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


IN SAFE HANDS
Deals with the impact of trauma on children due to exposure to domestic and family violence, what behaviour to look out for at different child behaviour stages and what parents can do to assist their children and help them heal.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.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, regain confidence, manage emotions and build self-compassion 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: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au


SEASONS OF GROWTH
Helps children and young people deal with grief and loss. It uses the seasons to explain grief and helps build resilience and social skills.

For more information contact our:

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

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.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. Domestic violence is more than abuse – it deprives a woman of her basic human rights through degradation, disempowerment and exploitation. It cultivates anxiety and despair. Domestic violence is present in one in four relationships and is much more common than people think.

  • Learn about the dynamics of an abusive relationship
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Reduce self-blame
  • Gain a better understanding of yourself
  • Explore options for the future
  • Meet other women in a similar situation

Cost: Gold coin donation

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


REGAINING SELF

Looks at many issues relating to domestic and family violence. Topics include identifying domestic and family violence, the law, women’s resistance, impact on children, self-esteem, communication, anger, identifying healthy relationships, stages of change and moving on.

For more information contact our:

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


SHARK CAGE

Assists women who have experienced domestic and or sexual violence. Shark Cage is also used as a preventative tool to teach women their rights and awareness of abusive behaviours, how to identify and respond and decrease the likelihood of re-victimisation.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.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. Our casework support programs aim 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 behaviour/development issues, social isolation, mental illness, substance issues, domestic violence, housing issues, childcare, or other support issues.

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. It will help you understand your child’s behaviour, help your child manage their emotions, develop skills to build a positive relationship with your child and 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: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


INFANT MASSAGE

A 6 week course which helps parents understand baby’s development and crying cues. Parents will learn several massage techniques for babies plus yoga and pilates which allow baby and parents to relax together in a safe environment. Groups are small so bookings are essential.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.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 in understanding and managing their emotions. Explore how to deal with frustrations and conflict and how to 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: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


TUNING INTO TEENS
Understand adolescent development, guide your teen’s 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: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM (TRIPLE P) SEMINAR

Addresses general parenting issues including:

  • Why children behave in certain ways and what they best respond to
  • How to deal decisively and effectively with aggression, non-cooperation and disobedience
  • How to recognise and manage sadness and anxiety
  • How to manage difficulties with separation and mixing with other children

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: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


INTENSIVE FAMILY PRESERVATION SUPPORT 

Targeted at families with children aged 0 – 18 years old who have been identified as being at high risk of harm by the NSW Department of Family & Community Services.

Families referred to this program receive intensive support from a specialist caseworker who visits the home frequently for 6 – 9 months. Caseworkers and families develop safety action plans and work to reduce risks to children, with the aim being that Family & Community Services can be assured children are safe to remain in their own homes.

This program provides 24/7 telephone support for families to assist families in implementing their change strategies. Referrals to this program are only available through NSW Family & Community Services Chatswood and Pennant Hills CSC’s. This is a free service.

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

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