Women’s Domestic Violence Support group

This free psycho social/educational group is for women who have experienced domestic abuse, and their subsequent journey towards healing. The group process will help women feel empowered, be bettered informed to make decisions and choices, and feel less isolated and unsupported.

The group meets every Tuesday from 10am- 12pm at JewishCare.

There are multiple entry and exit points.

  • Stage 1: 20 Apr-22 June 9 sessions over 10 weeks. (Already commenced)

The initial stage looks at DFV psychoeducation – types of abuse, cycle, impact on self and family.

  • Stage 2: 13th July- 14 Sept 9 sessions over 10 weeks.

This stage concentrates on boundaries, communication and interpersonal relationships

  • Stage 3: 5th Oct – 7 Dec 10 sessions over 10 weeks.

This final stage of group focuses on safe endings and new beginnings.  If you are interested please call Bianca 9302 8029 or Nomi 9302 8025

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Workshops

Psycho educational workshops that empower participants to be confident first responders when facing issues of domestic and family violence. Based on DV-ALERT program rolled out by LifeLine.

Facilitated by experienced JewishCare DFV caseworkers/counsellors.

Workshop Venue: JewishCare’s Community Lounge, Ground floor, 3 Saber St, Woollahra

Maximum 30 participants


  • 2hr Recognise, Respond and Refer Workshops based on DV-Alert program.

Workshop capacity 20 participants

Friday June 11th 2021; 10am – 12pm FULL

Friday June 25th 2021; 10am – 12pm   limited space

Friday July 30th  2021;  10am – 12pm

  • 3hr DFV workshop for Rebbatizins (scheduled for October 2021)
  • 3hr DFV workshop for youth organizations (scheduled for Sept/October 2021)
  • Customize workshops for your organization (based on the Recognize, Respond, Refer, 2hr workshop above)

For more detailed online courses and nationally recognized courses please refer to https://www.dvalert.org.au/

Structure of 2hour workshops

  • Introduction of facilitators (5 mins)
  • DFV psycho education (50 mins) – includes types of abuse, cycle of violence and power and control wheel.
  • Break (5 mins)
  • Respond, Refer and Selfcare (50 mins)
  • Questions and feedback (10 mins)

Love Bites

Love Bites is an in-school Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years.

It consists of two interactive workshops over a one-day time frame followed by creative workshops and community campaigns.

  1. Relationship Violence
  2. Sex and Relationships

The program (developed by NAPCAN – the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) aims to increase awareness and understanding of domestic and family violence, consent and sexual assault. The overall goal of the program is to promote healthy respectful relationships and build on the healthy relationships programs that already exist in schools.

Since 2016, JewishCare has been facilitating the Love Bites Respectful Relationships Program for Year 10 students within the Sydney Jewish Community. To date, we have reached a total of 2478 students across 9 different schools, reaching mostly Jewish students. We traditionally facilitate the Program at Emanuel School, Reddam House, Moriah College and Masada College each year.

Love Bites was originally targeted towards Year 10 students. However, recently NAPCAN have given JewishCare the green light to deliver Love Bites to year 9 students. Feedback from students, staff and facilitators have indicated that the discussions and lessons built within the Love Bites Workshops are possibly reaching students too late in the second half of year 10 and therefore we are offering the Program to year 9 cohorts in 2021 and 2022.

JewishCare has recently started to grow our coordination of the Love Bites Program and we are hoping to engage with more schools in Sydney.  We believe that a whole community approach to the issues pertaining to domestic violence and sexual assault is one of the best ways to prevent these issues from occurring. By providing young people with a safe environment to examine discuss and explore respectful relationships, we are allowing them the opportunity to be active participants in their own learning.

The overall aims of the program are to equip young people with the knowledge needed to have respectful relationships, encourage and develop their skills in critical thinking and assist them in being able to problem solve and communicate effectively. When equipped in these areas, NAPCAN believes that young people can make the right choices for themselves and their relationships that are free from violence and abuse.

If you’re interested in knowing more or becoming a Love Bites facilitator please contact Kira on 9302 8023.

Men’s Post Separation support group

Psycho social/educational group for men who have separated from their wives/partners to discuss challenges post separation. Topics include grief and loss, co-parenting post separation, effective communication, nurturing quality relationships, selfcare and re-partnering.

10 week FREE course

Tuesday evenings

25th May – 27th July 2021

Time 7–9pm

JewishCare’s Community Lounge

Ground floor, 3 Saber St, Woollahra

Pre-interviews essential

Facilitated by two experienced and qualified psychotherapists,

Rada Pantzer & Eli Barel – for more information email r.pantzer @jewishcare.com.au

Parenting Programs

  • 123 Magic & Emotion Coaching – a program to help parents and carers (of children aged 2-12 years old) manage their children’s behavior and build their child’s emotional resourcefulness.
  • Engaging Adolescents – A program that equips parents and carers with skills to resolve teenage behavior programs
  • Keeping Kids in Mind – A course for parents experiencing conflict after separation

If you are interested in any of these programs please contact Mimi on 9302

Keeping Kids in Mind 2021

5 week post separation parenting course

A psycho-educational course for separated parents who are experiencing on going medium to high levels of conflict.

The course is designed to assist parents:

  1. See through their children’s eyes the experience of parental separation
  2. Step away from their conflict
  3. Focus on re-building a secure base for their children

Next group starts 14th October 2021

Dates/Nights (Thursday nights) 6.30 -9pm.

Community Lounge, JewishCare, Woollahra


Rada Pantzer (JewishCare) and Mimi Zilka

5 weeks /2.5 hrs per week

$100* pp (incl. manual) *discounts for JewishCare clients

12-15 people (max) per group