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Family violence support services

Positive Shift

Northern region

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Positive Shift (+ SHIFT) is a program for women to explore family safety and alternatives to force in their intimate relationships.

The program is a response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Recommendation 87) and is currently being trialled. Baptcare is the lead agency delivering the program in partnership with Berry Street.

How it works

The program involves weekly group work (16 sessions total) and case support over 16 weeks. It uses a therapeutic, trauma-informed approach.

Positive Shift offers an inclusive and healing space for group members to:

  • explore motivations for using force
  • break down stigma and shame
  • discover a range of alternative strategies that can be used instead of force.

It is understood that women often use force differently to men, and this is explored in the Positive Shift program. The safety of women is also a key focus, as most participants have experienced violence or abuse in current or past adult relationships, or in their childhood.


This program is available to women who live in North East Melbourne and Western Melbourne. This includes:

  • City of Hume
  • City of Merri-bek (formerly Moreland)
  • Shire of Nillumbik
  • City of Banyule
  • City of Whittlesea
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Yarra
  • City of Brimbank
  • City of Melton.

Contact us

For more information about Positive Shift or if you need support, please get in touch.

Contact details for people in North East Melbourne

If you live in Hume or Merri-bek council areas, please contact Berry Street’s Northern region office on 03 9450 4700.

Contact details for people in Western Melbourne

If you live in Brimbank or Melton council areas, please contact Baptcare on 03 9373 3800.