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RFVP Therapeutic Programs Hub

Services for Women

The RFVP Therapeutic Hub is a free resource available to anyone looking for therapeutic services in the Eastern Metropolitan Region. It is designed to help people connect with appropriate supports and brings together the latest information about therapeutic services in our area. All service information is regularly updated and free to download.

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TRAK Forward - Inner East

Organisation: Alliance – Anglicare, Drummond St, Relationships Matter

Eligibility Criteria: Adults with or without children; & children who reside in or with strong connection to Inner East – who have experienced family violence and moved through crisis and ready for therapeutic support

Length: Various programs

Location: Inner East (local government areas of Monash; Boroondara; Manningham & Whitehorse

Focus: One on one therapeutic work with victim survivors (both adult and children) to recover from the impact of family violence. Therapeutic groups with Doncare and EACH for women, primary school aged children, teens, and parent child groups. Co-design peer support group with Doncare and Lifecare for connection.

Contact: Practitioners can call to discuss or make a referral on 9896 6395 or email trakeast@anglicarevic.org.au

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: N/A

Numbers: N/A

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Pathways to Resilience - Outer East

Organisation: Alliance – Uniting; EACH; Australian Childhood Foundation; Family Access Network; Refuge Victoria

Eligibility Criteria: Children; Young people; Adults with links to Outer East who have experienced family violence

Length: Various programs, groups and 1:1 – most are 6 months in length

Location: Outer East (local government areas of Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges)

Focus: Tailored therapeutic programs to various ages, stages and cultural communities

Contact: Practitioners can call to discuss or make a referral on 8870 4040 or email pathwaystoresilienceoe@vt.uniting.org

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

Better Place Australia - Family and Relationship Services

Organisation: Better Place Australia

Eligibility Criteria: Individual/couple/family counselling for adults/young adults who need support with individual or family relationships to prevent relationship breakdown or deal with separation, improve likeliness of successful future relationships. 

Length: 8-10 sessions

Location: Various locations or online

Focus: Counselling around relationship issues

Contact: Clients can self-refer or a worker can refer on behalf of a client by ringing the Intake Team on 1800-639-523

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided:  

Numbers: N/A

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Camcare - Generalist Counselling - Camberwell

Organisation: Camcare

Eligibility Criteria: Anyone aged over 15 who works, lives or studies in City of Boroondara

Length: 5 – 10 counselling sessions

Location: Camberwell (or online)

Focus: Generalist emotional counselling

Contact: Self-referral or via a practitioner – contact Camcare on 9831 1900. No referral from GP or mental health care plan required.

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

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Crossway LifeCare - The Road Towards Recovery

Organisation: Crossway LifeCare

Eligibility Criteria: Women who have experienced family violence and have been out of the relationship for at least 6 months.

Length: Tuesdays 12pm – 2pm 10th October – 5th December

Location: Waratah House

Focus:  A 9-week program which provides a safe space for women recovering from the impacts of intimate partner violence to learn, heal and grow.

Sessions cover:

  • Types, myths and patterns of family violence
  • Connecting with your emotions
  • Practical strategies to manage difficult emotions
  • Taking care of yourself and rebuilding after family violence

Contact: Contact FVPrograms@crosswaylifecare.org.au or 9886 3899

Funded: Free. 

Childcare Provided: 

Numbers: 

Crossway LifeCare - Create and Connect

Organisation: Crossway LifeCare

Eligibility Criteria: Women who have experienced family violence.

Length: 8 weeks

Location: Waratah House

Focus:  An 8 week art therapy group. This group provides a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings creatively, process experiences and journey with others. Art therapy uses the creative process of making art as a safe way to represent your inner experiences and work towards healing. 

Contact: Contact FVPrograms@crosswaylifecare.org.au or 9886 3899

Funded: Free. 

Childcare Provided: 

Numbers: 

Crossway lifeCare - COACH Mentoring - Burwood

Organisation: Crossway LifeCare

Eligibility Criteria: Adults and Youth

Length: Meet weekly for 1 hour with mentor over a 12 month period

Location: 

Focus: Support by a mentor to offer practical help and mentoring towards life goals.

Contact: 9886 3899 or COACH@Crosswaylifecare.org.au

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

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Crossway LifeCare - Counselling / Psychology - Burwood East or telehealth

Organisation: Crossway LifeCare

Eligibility Criteria: Individuals / couples / or family therapy

Length: One-off or ongoing

Location: Burwood East or telehealth

Focus: Counselling service

Contact: 9886 3899 or counseling@crosswaylifecare.org.au

Funded: Subisidies available as needed

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

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Doncare - DAWN Program - Manningham

Organisation:  Doncare

Eligibility Criteria: Women. Post-crisis. No longer in the abusive relationship; can commit to 12 month program

Length: Weekly 30 minutes sessions

Location: Client must have a link to Manningham

Focus: One-on-one support with a volunteer mentor once per week. Mentors provide emotional and practical support.

Contact: Self-referral or via practitioner – contact DAWN program at Doncare on 9856 1500 or email doncare@doncare.org.au

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

Doncare - SaSSing (Survivors and Supporter Sing) - Manningham

Organisation: Doncare

Eligibility Criteria: Women who have experienced family violence or have a strong passion to support women who have experienced family violence

Length: Open Group with rehersals held fortnightly

Location: Manningham

Focus: Sassing is a choir who rehearse fortnightly and perform as requested. The aim of the group is to bring like-minded women together to sing and support each other to overcome the impact of family violence on themselves or others.

Contact: Contact Doncare 9856 1500

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: Open

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Doncare - Family Violence Women and Children Counselling - Doncaster

Organisation: Doncare

Eligibility Criteria: Subsidised counselling sessions for women and children who have experienced family violence.

Length: 12 subsidised sessions per person

Location: Doncaster

Focus: Individual counselling for women and children who have experienced family violence. 

Contact: Contact Doncare Intake 9856 1500

Funded: Part

Childcare Provided:  N/A

Numbers: 27

Doncare & Anglicare - Re:SPECT - Doncaster

Organisation: Doncare & Anglicare

Eligibility Criteria: Women moving towards healing and recovery

Length: 6 weeks, 2 hour sessions – during school terms

Location: Doncaster

Focus: Creative art therapy – creative arts; journaling; mindfulness – exploring themes relating to emotions, values and identity

Contact: Self-referral or via practitioner contact Doncare on 9856 1500

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: N/A

Numbers: 10

Doncare & Anglicare - CAREing Connections - Doncaster

Organisation: Doncare & Anglicare

Eligibility Criteria: Women recovering from family violence (have experienced some counselling or attended other groups as part of their recovery)

Length: During school terms : Wednesdays 12-2pm

Location: Doncaster

Focus: Provide peer support and connection amongst survivors of family violence to assist with recovery and empowerment

Contact: Self-referral or via a practitioner – contact Andrea at Doncare via email andrea.derauch@doncare.org.au or call 9856 1500; or via Anglicare Trak Forward contact 9896 6395

Funded:  Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: Open

EACH - Stepping Out - Boronia

Organisation: EACH

Eligibility Criteria: Adult women who are victim survivors of family violence and have links to the Outer East metro area of Melbourne

Length: 6 sessions – school term. Tuesdays 10am – 12pm

Location: Boronia

Focus: Therapeutic Recovery and psychoeducational group for women who have experienced family Violence

Contact: Referral through Uniting Ringwood – pathwaystoresilienceoe@vt.uniting.org or 8870 4040. Internal from EACH (Trak) and EACH service access 1300 00 3224 (external organisation and self-referral). Or via Sherre on 0428 326 177 

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: 10 adults per group (total 20 per year)

EACH - Art of Choice - Outer East Melbourne

Organisation: EACH

Eligibility Criteria:  Adult women who are victim survivors of family violence and have links to the Outer East metro area of Melbourne

Length: 5 sessions : Wednesdays 10am – 12pm

Location: To be provided upon registration

Focus: Art therapy for adult women

Contact: Referral through Uniting Ringwood – pathwaystoresilienceoe@vt.uniting.org or 8870 4040. Internal from EACH (Trak) and EACH service access 1300 00 3224 (external organisation and self-referral)

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided:  N/A

Numbers: N/A

EACH - Adult and Family Violence Counselling Services - Ferntree Gully and Ringwood

Organisation: EACH

Eligibility Criteria: Individualised counselling for women family violence victim survivors

Length: 6 – 10 sessions

Location: Ferntree Gully

Focus: Individual counselling – adult counselling; family violence counselling; prompt response counselling

Contact: Through EACH service access 1300 00 3224 

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: N/A

Numbers: N/A

EACH & Anglicare - Create Together - Box Hill

Organisation: EACH and Anglicare

Eligibility Criteria: Parent and child who experienced family violence and now working on recovery

Length: 6 sessions – school term. Runs twice per year

Location: Box Hill

Focus: Creative art thearpy group for parents and children to attend together to enhance attachment and have fun

Contact: Pratitioners can call to discuss or make a referral on 9896 6395 or email trakeast@anglicarevic.org.au

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: n/a

Numbers: n/a

EACH & Anglicare - Family Yoga - Box Hill

Organisation: EACH and Anglicare

Eligibility Criteria: Women and Children (aged 4-8) recovering from family violence

Length: 6 weekly sessions for one hour

Location: Box Hill

Focus: This Trauma informed course will help strengthen the bond between you and your children whilst having fun. Expect games, yoga poses and relaxation activities.

Contact: Anglicare TRAK forward Intake on 9896 6395
or email trakeast@anglicarevic.org.au

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: n/a

Numbers: 8 families

ECASA - Individual counselling - Telehealth & phone counselling

Organisation: Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault – ECASA

Eligibility Criteria: Ages 4+ who have experienced sexual assault either recently or in the past

Length: Short to medium term

Location: Telehealth & phone counselling

Focus: Provides confidential counselling and support. The service is also available to non-offending family members, partners and friends.

Contact: Call ECASA 9870 7730

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers:  N/A

EACH - Gamblers Help Eastern

Organisation: EACH

Eligibility Criteria: Free support for anyone impacted by Gambling harm, whether the gambler or an affected other e.g. spouse/partner/child/colleague/family member

Length: Unlimited support from counsellors both Therapeutic and Financial

Location: 11 sites throughout Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne

Focus: Supporting people experiencing Gambling Harm through a minimisation strategy. Therapeutic Counsellors assist people manage their addiction and Financial Counsellors assist clients to get their finances back on track. 

Contact: P: 1300 131 973 or E: GHEIntake@EACH.com.au

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers:  N/A

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HealthAbility - Counselling

Organisation: HealthAbility

Eligibility Criteria: Counselling for women who have experienced family violence

Length: Short to medium term

Location: Box Hill and Eltham

Focus: Individual counselling; family violence counselling available in person, via telephone or via video-conferencing.

Contact: Call 9430 9100 or email contact@healthability.org.au

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: N/A

Numbers: N/A

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HealthAbility - After Hours Mental Health Nursing Service

Organisation: HealthAbility

Eligibility Criteria: People experiencing mild mental health issues

Length: Available between 6pm – 11pm Monday to Friday, 2pm – 7pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Location: Over the phone or in person at Box Hill

Focus: The After Hours Mental Health Nursing Service can help people experiencing mild mental health issues like anxiety, depression and grief by listening and helping with next steps

Contact: 1300 003 509, 36 Wellington Road Box Hill

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: N/A

Numbers: N/A

Mainly Music or Mainly Play - Eastern Melbourne

Organisation: Mainly Music

Eligibility Criteria: Babies to pre-schoolers and parents

Length: Weekly 30 minutes sessions

Location: Multiple locations in Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne

Focus: Various programs available – music focus and play focus. An interactive 30 minute structured session.

Contact: Visit website and enter postcode to find available programs near you.

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: N/A

Numbers: N/A

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Kara Family Violence Service - Art and Wellbeing workshops - Monash area

Organisation: Kara Family Violence Service

Eligibility Criteria: Women impacted by family violence

Length: Single 4 hour workshop

Location: Monash area

Focus: To explore creativity and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art making.

Contact: Self-referral or via a practitioner – email support@karahouse.org.au or call 1800 900 520

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: Yes

Numbers: N/A

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Kara Family Violence Service - Step Forward

Organisation: Kara Family Violence Service

Eligibility Criteria: Women who have experienced family violence and might be feeling alone, stuck and overwhelmed

Length: Two full day sessions over two weeks.  Occurring once per term.

Location: There are 2 groups which run per term – one in the Box Hill area and another in the Monash area

Focus: A safe place to take time out, make strategies for the future and connect with other women in similar circumstances

Contact: Self-referral or via a practitioner – email support@karaFVS.org.au or call 03 9899 5666

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: Yes

Numbers: N/A

Relationships Australia Victoria - Right Now - Online

Organisation: Relationships Australia Victoria

Eligibility Criteria: Women who have experienced interpersonal trauma

Length: 8 sessions

Location: On-line – will need access to Zoom

Focus: Body-based – mindfulness and other non-verbal practices such as yoga. Strategies to help healing

Contact: Contact RAV Relationship Education Coordinator on 9261 8700

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

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Relationships Australia Victoria - You Are Not Alone - Online

Organisation: Relationships Australia Victoria

Eligibility Criteria: Women with a connection to the City of Knox who have been impacted by family violence.

Length: 8 online sessions from 10am – 12pm on Fridays in term 1, 2023:

• 10, 17, 24 February
• 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March

Location: On-line – will need access to Zoom

Focus: Learning, sharing, connecting and creating in a group environment. A chance to talk about your experiences and to learn from others and from educational material.

Contact: Contact RAV on 9725 9964 or email boronia@rav.org.au

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

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Relationships Australia Victoria - Women Making Choices - Kew

Organisation: Relationships Australia Victoria

Eligibility Criteria: Women who currently feel or have previously felt powerlessness as a result of experiencing controlling & abusive behaviours. You must be currently separated from and living apart from the perpetrator of the violence. Resides in the Inner Melbourne area.

Length: 6 weeks

Location: Kew

Focus: Group program to share experiences and receive support and information

Contact: 9725 9964 or boronia@rav.org.au or complete the online form here – https://www.relationshipsvictoria.org.au/womens-courses/women-making-choices/ 

Funded: Yes

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

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Relationships Australia Victoria - Individual counselling - Kew or Cranbourne

Organisation: Relationships Australia Victoria – Kew

Eligibility Criteria: Women

Length: Single sessions and ongoing appointments available

Location: Kew or Cranbourne

Focus: Individual counselling available in person, via telephone or via video-conferencing

Contact: Contact RAV Kew Relationship Education Coordinator on 9261 8700

Funded: Up to 8 free sessions

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers:  N/A

PhysioWorks - Massage with Trauma Awareness - Camberwell

Organisation: PhysioWorks – Karyn Wheeler

Eligibility Criteria: Women

Length: 1 hour sessions

Location: Camberwell

Focus: Massage that can be conducted with clothes on helping the client with trauma awareness

Contact: Ph 9889 6611 or email camberwell@physioworksvic.com.au

Funded: N/A

Childcare Provided: N/A

Numbers: N/A

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PhysioWorks - Touch Trauma Therapy - Camberwell

Organisation: PhysioWorks – Karyn Wheeler

Eligibility Criteria: Women who would like to explore and learn to manage physiological responses to trauma

Length: 10 sessions of 90 minutes

Location: Camberwell

Focus: Helping the client to focus on the sensations in their body allows self regulation techniques that may include breathing, movement, creativity and self massage all whilst maintaining an awareness of their physiological responses in a safe an supported environment allows a confidence in ones own ability to manage and respond, not react to stimuli that may lead to a heightened state.

Contact: Ph 9889 6611 or email camberwell@physioworksvic.com.au

Funded: No

Childcare Provided: N/A

Numbers: N/A

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Wisdom from Within Counselling and Therapeutic Services

Organisation: Melanie Anderson – Wisdom from Within Counselling and Therapeutic Services

Eligibility Criteria: People seeking specialist family violence recovery support.

Length: Dependent upon the client’s needs.

Location: 

Focus: Providing specialist family violence recovery therapeutic services, generalist counselling and wellbeing coaching.

Utilises specialist family violence and trauma informed approach. Is strengths based and person centred with flexibility around how we work dependent upon clients needs and goals.

Contact: wfwcounselling@outlook.com | 0412286764

Funded: No

Childcare Provided: No

Numbers: N/A

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