The program assists women, children and men in domestic violence (DV) situations, generally by the provision of casework and counselling by our qualified, specialist DV counsellors and caseworkers.

This may also include working with both parties to minimise conflict, anger and violence. Our first priority is to ensure the safety and well being of clients and their children and this works best when both parties are engaged with our services.

This can involve

  • Developing a safety plan to provide a safe living environment
  • Counselling and emotional support
  • De-escalation of conflict strategies
  • Advocacy
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service
  • Women’s Legal Service and referral to legal services
  • Referrals to Mediation Services and Family Dispute Resolution
  • Assistance with ADVO’s (Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders)
  • Liaising with NSW Police and Child Protection services (DJC/FACS)
  • Liaising with other government and non-government family support services
  • Psycho-education for Domestic and Family Violence including the Cycle of Violence
  • Referral to housing services, Centrelink and other government support
  • Internal referrals to Family Support, Youth, Mental Health and financial counselling
  • Financial assistance
  • Collaboration with rabbi’s, FACS, School counsellors
  • Post-Separation advise and strategies
  • Exit strategies
  • Women’s support group
  • Parenting groups for children and adolescents
  • Post separation workshop for clients experiencing high levels of conflict
  • Single parent support groups
  • Employment readiness preparation
  • Interagency membership
  • Love Bites program which is an in-school violence prevention program for schools in our community.

JewishCare’s Domestic Violence program also includes raising awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence in the Jewish community through early intervention and education.

It is important to realise that Domestic Violence constitutes any form of abusive behaviour that seeks to gain power and control over another person’s life. It is a pattern of abusive behaviour used by someone who are or have been in a intimate relationship with.

Abusive behaviours can include:

  • Physical abuse including sexual abuse or threats
  • Psychological and emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse which threatens, degrades or insults people or pets
  • Intimidation and harassment
  • Social isolation including being stopped from seeing friends and family
  • Financial abuse and being forced to live without money
  • Stalking
  • Technological abuse ie delivery of any of the above behaviours via devices – phones, websites, social media

Each November JewishCare hosts an event which encourages members of the community to confirm their opposition to violence against women.

For Help, Support and Information call:

  • Police – 000
  • Domestic Violence 24 hour hotline -1800 656 463
  • WDVCAS (Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service) 1800 938 227

It is important to realise that Domestic Violence constitutes any form of abusive behaviour that seeks to gain and maintain control over another person’s life.
These behaviours can include

  • Physical abuse including sexual abuse or threats
  • Psychological and emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse which threatens, degrades or insults people or pets
  • Intimidation and harassment
  • Social isolation including being stopped from seeing friends and family
  • Financial abuse and being forced to live without money
  • Stalking

Each November JewishCare hosts a White Ribbon Bay Mens Breakfast which encourages members of the community to confirm their opposition to violence against women.

For Help, Support and Information call:

  • Police – 000
  • Domestic Violence 24 hour hotline -1800 656 463
  • NSW Rape Crisis Centre – 1800 424 017
  • Violence Against Women Helpline – 1800 200 526
  • Domestic Violence Advocacy Service – 8745 6999
  • Law Access Line – 1300 888 529
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