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Family violence support services

Services for people who have used force and/or coercive control

Western region

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In the Central Highlands in Western Victoria, we offer a range of services that support people who have have used force in their relationships.

These services are available to people who live in:

  • Ballarat
  • Ararat
  • The Pyrenees
  • Golden Plains
  • Moorabool
  • Hepburn.

Our specialist family violence team work with people to set goals and choose the right services for them, including:

Case Management: for people who have used abusive behaviours in their relationships. This service offers opportunities to meet with a case manager to make plans to address abusive behaviours, make referrals to appropriate services and support positive behaviour changes.

Positive Shift: a 17-week group for women and LGBTIQ+ people who identify as women who have used force in their intimate relationships. It is understood that women often use force differently to men and this is explored in the Positive Shift program. We also offer case support and advocacy for women in the program.

Caring Dads: an accredited group program for fathers and LGBTIQ+ people who identify as men to better understand the impact of family violence or neglect on children in their care.

Caring Dads uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy strategies and complements Men's Behaviour Change Programs. We also offer case support and advocacy to men in the program.

Case Support: for people who have used abusive behaviours to better understand the impact of family violence on their children. This program is focused on people who are also involved with Child Protection. It can include support through:

  • court involvement
  • referrals to services such as men's behaviour change or other group programs
  • individual counselling.

How to make a referral

To make a referral, please call us on 03 5330 5000 to request a referral form. Self referrals are encouraged.

When people first contact us or are referred to us, we talk to them to determine which services are most appropriate for their needs.

Berry Street works in collaboration with other family violence services in the Central Highlands area, and can refer to other service providers when appropriate.

Contact us

For more information about these services or if you need support, please contact us on 03 5330 5000 or grampiansfamilyviolence@berrystreet.org.au.