Bond Assistance

If you can’t afford to pay the bond when renting privately, you may be able to borrow the money. There are income and asset limits for public housing assistance and bond loans in Victoria. For more information see the website listed.

  • Referrals: No
  • 24 Hours: No
  • Outreach: No
  • Walk-ins: No
  • Appointments: No

    Centre Against Violence

    Centre Against Violence (formally known as Upper Murray Centre Against Sexual Assualt) provides free and confidential counselling for people affected by family violence and/or sexual assault, whether past or recent. We provide services to victim/survivors of family violence and/or sexual assault. We provide sexual assualt services to male and female adults, young people, children and their parents or caregivers.

    CAV provides services for people living in the eastern Hume region of Victoria. The region includes the following areas: Rutherglen, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Wodonga, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Tallangatta, Upper Murray, Bright, Myrtleford, Oxley and Mansfield. We provide counselling services in Wangaratta, Wodonga and Benalla.

    Please ring us to talk with a Counsellor/Advocate and arrange an appointment. CAV family violence and sexual assault counsellors have relevant professional qualifications, and specific training and experience in family violence, sexual assault and/or trauma counselling and advocacy.

    We run a 24/7 hotline for sexual assualt and our in-person counselling operates Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

    • Cost: Free
    • Referrals: Yes
    • 24 Hours: Yes
    • Outreach: Yes
    • Walk-ins: No
    • Appointments: Yes
    • Address: 29 Templeton Street

      195 Melbourne Road
    • Main Contact: (03) 57 22 2203
    • After hours sexual assault issues (free call): 1800 806 292
    • After hours for domestic/family violence issues (free call): 1800 015 188
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    • Email Address:

    Counselling services provided are:

    Crisis Care for women affected by domestic/family violence

    Recovery support for women affected by domestic/family violence

    Support for Children affected by Family Violence -Crisis Care and Recovery

    Counselling Advocacy for victim survivors of Sexualised Assaults

    Therapeutic Treatment Services for children with problem sexualised behaviours- 10 and under

    Therapeutic Treatment Services for young people with abusive sexualised behaviours- 11 to 14 years old

    Child and family Service and Child FIRST

    Placing children and youth first, the Every Child Every Chance reforms provide professionals working within the sector more effective processes to:

    • listen to what children and young people want and need
    • enable earlier intervention
    • reduce child abuse and neglect
    • provide better support to Aboriginal children, young people and their families
    • work together in cooperation with other providers of children, young people and family services.

    If you or someone you know needs support in your family or you would just like to discuss concerns you have for a child, call the Child FIRST service in you local area for a chat. If you believe that a child is in need of protection but you’re not sure your concerns meet the child protection threshold, call Child FIRST for a confidential consultation.


    For more information visit:

    • Cost: Free
    • Referrals: Yes
    • 24 Hours: No
    • Outreach: Yes
    • Walk-ins: Yes
    • Appointments: Yes
    • Lower Hume (Seymour): 1300 855 614
    • Goulburn Valley (Shepparton): 1300 854 944
    • Central Hume (Wangaratta): 1800 705 211
    • Upper Hume (Wodonga): 1800 705 211

    Child Protection Services

    What do child protection services provide

    Child Protection provides child-centred, family-focused services to protect children and young people from significant harm caused by abuse or neglect within the family. It also aims to make sure that children and young people receive services to deal with the affect of abuse and neglect on their wellbeing and development.

    The role of the Child Protection Service is to:

    • Receive reports from people who believe a child needs protection from abuse or neglect.
    • Provide advice to people who report cases of abuse or neglect.
    • Investigate when a child is believed to have been abused or is at risk of abuse or neglect.
    • Refer children and families to services in the community for ongoing support and harm prevention.
    • Take matters to the Children’s Court if the child’s safety within the family cannot be guaranteed.
    • Supervise children on legal orders granted by the Children’s Court.

    Mandatory reporting of child abuse

    Some professionals such as doctors, nurses, police and school teachers are legally obliged to report suspected child abuse. In addition, any person who believes on reasonable grounds that a child needs protection can make a report to the Victorian Child Protection Service. It is the Child Protection worker’s job to assess and, where necessary, further investigate if a child or young person is at risk of significant harm.

    Further information can be found on Reporting child abuse or Making a referral to Child FIRST. To access their website, click here.


    • Cost: Free
    • Referrals: Yes
    • 24 Hours: Yes
    • Outreach: Yes
    • Walk-ins: Yes
    • Appointments: Yes
    • Hume Region (free call): 1800 650 227
    • After Hours (Victoria): 131 278
    • Wangaratta Office: 0357 220555
    • Wodonga Office: 0260 557777
    • Shepparton Office: 0358 321500
    • Seymour Office: 0357 936400

    There are a range of services in our community that aim to support families and protect children. These can be categorised into three levels:

    • Universal (primary) services – are offered to everyone in the community. They include antenatal services (pregnancy counselling and advice), maternal and child health services, and preschool education. These services aim to provide support and help to prevent abuse and neglect.
    • Secondary services – identify and reduce the personal and social stresses on parents that may lead to family breakdown or child abuse. Services include in-home family help, financial or family counselling, respite care, and various parenting and self-help groups.
    • Tertiary (statutory) services – are for children who are or may be at risk of significant harm, and for whom intervention is needed for their ongoing safety. These services include the statutory Child Protection Service and Placement Service for children who are unable to live at home. Generally, where families are experiencing difficulties, it is more appropriate that less intrusive community-based professionals and agencies attempt to assist. Referral to the Child Protection Service occurs only where children and young people are at risk of significant harm.

    Community Health Mansfield

    Mansfield community health nurse available Tuesday and Thursday offering a range of services including contreception. Counsellors also providing support and advocacy services for individuals, couples and families.

    • Cost: Some fees apply
    • Referrals: No
    • 24 Hours: No
    • Outreach: No
    • Walk-ins: No
    • Appointments: Yes
    • Adress: 10 Bank Place
    • Main Contact: (03) 5775 1933

    Services include: generalist & grief counsellor and a general community health nurse covering contraception.


    Consumer Action Law Centre

    Free legal advice helpline, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 1800 466 477

      • Cost: Free
      • Referrals: No
      • 24 Hours: No
      • Outreach: No
      • Walk-ins: No
      • Appointments: No
      • Main Contact: 1300 558 181

      Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault National Help Line

      Telephone counselling for females and males specialising in domestic violence and sexual assault which is available in all regions nation wide.

      1800 737 732

        • Cost: Free
        • Referrals: No
        • 24 Hours: Yes
        • Outreach: No
        • Walk-ins: No
        • Appointments: No
        • Free Call: 1800 737 732

        This service provides over the phone counselling on sexual assault and domestic violence. They are also able to provide referrals to allow you to book appointments at local agencies to seek further help.

        Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)

        Initial telephone support, information and referral to services to assist people who have experienced family violence. Specialist resources in domestic violence and incest.  Contact details for local support services.

        Phone us on (03) 9486 9866, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

        • Cost: Free
        • Referrals: Yes
        • 24 Hours: No
        • Outreach: No
        • Walk-ins: No
        • Appointments: No
        • Main Contact: (03) 9486 9866

        Family Law Courts National Enquiry Centre

        General information about family law court procedures, Family Law Court forms and publications, referrals to legal advice.  The National Enquiry Centre operates telephone and email information services (except in WA) for the Courts

        Opening Hours:
        8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

          • Cost: Free
          • Referrals: Yes
          • 24 Hours: No
          • Outreach: No
          • Walk-ins: No
          • Appointments: No

          Services include:

          • general information about family law court procedures
          • general information about applying to the Family Law Courts
          • general procedural information about your case
          • family law forms and publications,
          • referrals to legal advice and other services in the family law system, and
          • copies of divorce certificates and orders.

          Immigrant Women’s Domestic Violence Service Hotline

          Immigrant Women’s Domestic Violence Service (IWDVS) gives voice and provides culturally sensitive services, in Victoria, to meet the needs of women and children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds affected by domestic violence. It is free for immigrant women and families in situations of family violence and provides linguistic support in over 20 languages. You can call Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.

          • Cost: Free
          • Referrals: No
          • 24 Hours: No
          • Outreach: No
          • Walk-ins: No
          • Appointments: No
          • Public Line: 03 8413 6800
          • Rural Women ring: 1800 755 988
          • Phone Interpreter Service: 131 450
          • TTY: 133 677

          The hotline provides culturally sensitive risk assessment, court assistance, information, support, advocacy and referral to women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in situations of domestic violence.


          Junction Support Services


          Junction Support Services has been operating in the North East Region of Victoria since 1989. Junction currently services the Wodonga, Towong, Indigo, Wangaratta, Moria, Benalla, Shepparton, Strathbogie, Mitchell and Murrindindi local government areas and parts of the Mansfield and Alpine local government areas. Junction is an independent, not-for-profit community service organisation providing high quality and innovative services to single adults, families, women and children and young people living in the Goulburn Ovens Murray areas of Victoria. The Wangaratta, Wodonga and Shepparton offices are open Monday to Friday 9am till 5pm and there is an after hours emergency contact number if need be.

          • Cost: Various
          • Referrals: Yes
          • 24 Hours: Yes
          • Outreach: No
          • Walk-ins: Yes
          • Appointments: Yes
          • Head Office: 11 Chisholm Street (P.O Box 377) Wangaratta, Vic 3677
          • Wodonga Office: 155 Melbourne Road (P.O Box 1490) Wodonga, Vic 3690
          • Shepparton Office: 43A Wyndham Street Shepparton, Vic 3630
          • Intake: (02) 6043 7425
          • Wangaratta Head Office: (03) 5722 4129
          • Wodonga Office: (02) 6043 7400
          • Emergency After Hours: 1800 825 955
          • Email Address Wangaratta:
          • Email Address Wodonga:

          Junction Support Services provides a diverse range of services and programs into the Eastern Hume Region. These include:

          Intake and assessment worker

          Intake is the entry point for all programs offered at Junction Support Services: The Intake and Assessment Worker coordinates the intake and assessment process for the organisation, offering a flexible response in meeting the needs of children, young people, single adults and families looking to access Junction programs. The core purpose of this role is to provide an entry into Junction programs, interim response until case managed, and to ensure that clients and external services are directed to the appropriate program/service. External services and members of the community can contact the Intake and Assessment worker to discuss possible referrals.

          Families and Single Adults Program: 25 yrs+

          This program offers 13weeks of case management to adults who are or are at risk of becoming homelessness to achieve stability and independence and link with the community. Adults are supported to link with education, employment and explore all accommodation options, advocacy, referral and practical assistance. Referrals are received from housing organisations, community services, police; self and family. Allocations to the Families and Single Adult Program for case management is through RHNL Prioritisation list and Junction Intake.

          Family Violence Intensive Case Management Initiative: 18yrs+

          This program offers 26 weeks of case management support, to individuals currently experiencing or who have recently left the relationship. Individuals are supported to develop safety plans, access risk and develop support within the community and advocacy, referral and practical assistance. Referrals are received from housing organisations, community services, police; self and family, to Junction Intake.

          Integrated Family Services: individuals, pregnant or parenting with children 0-18yrs.

          This program offers 13-26 weeks of case management support to families to maintain accommodation achieve stability minimising the need for intervention from child protection through advocacy, referral and practical assistance. Referrals are received through ChildFirst (UMFC). Referrals to Child First can be made by services or family or self.

          Children’s Resource Program – Hume Region

          The Hume Region Children’s Resource Program is designed to raise awareness of the issues faced by accompanying children in the homelessness & family violence sectors. In doing this, they aim to build on existing skills of workers in the sector and encourage organisational orientation to child inclusive practice.

          Homeless Children’s Specialist Support Service – Hume Region (Staff in Shepparton and Wodonga)

          This service provides support to children who accompany families receiving case management support from homelessness and family violence assistance agencies in the Hume region. The Homeless Children’s Specialist Support Service incorporates a suite of four support responses to children and families (where the child is the primary client), including: assessment and case planning support (stream one); enhanced case management support (stream two); therapeutic group work (stream three); and individual counselling (stream four). The service model involves collaborative work with other agencies and referring workers with Co-Case Management and shared co-facilitation of groups.

          Children’s Family Violence Counselling (Wodonga/Wangaratta)

          A free and confidential service for children who are in need of counselling and additional support due to their experience of family violence and/or homelessness.

          This may include:

          · One-on-one counselling for children (0-18)

          · Sibling groups

          · Education on impact of trauma on children’s behaviour and feelings

          · Developmental needs

          · Referrals for appropriate services

          · Information, printed materials

          · Advocacy

          Adolescent Counsellor 12-18yrs (Wodonga)

          This program provides counselling to young people in various forms including: one on one counselling and group work. The adolescent counsellor practices    include assertive outreach in order to engage high risk adolescents incorporating a number of therapeutic interventions. For existing JSS clients.

          Youth Support Program

          The youth support program offers support to young people (15-25 years old) who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The programs aims to support  young people in obtaining long term accommodation and to assist in overcoming any barriers(mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, etc) to sustain their independence by referrals and advocacy to services within the community. . External services and members of the community can refer.

          Supporting Young Parents

          This program aims to provide support and assistance to young people (15-25 year olds) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and are pregnant or parenting. The aim of this support is to strengthen the life and/or parenting skills of these young people, with a focus upon assisting them to obtain and maintain stable accommodation. The program provides intensive case work, group work and referrals to the local community for, tenancy, parenting, education, social and recreational activities. External services and members of the community can refer.

          Creating Connections 15-25yrs.

          The program provides a more intensive response and longer term support for young people(15-25 year olds) who are at risk or have a long history of homelessness and have complex support needs. Through case management this programs supports young people to attain and sustain independent living. The programs primary focus is on assisting young people into to the private rental market, education, employment and to participate positively within the community.  External services and members of the community can refer.

          Leaving Care Program: 16-25 years

          This program is a voluntary program which provides long term case management support. This program is targeted to young people who are exiting Out of Home Care, are at risk of homelessness or are experiencing homelessness, have been subject to a Custody or Guardianship Order on or after their 16th birthday and possess the abilities to transition to independent living. The program aims to assist young people in a range of areas, some of which included housing, education, employment and stability and independence in the community.

          Leaving Care Mentoring Program: 16-25 years

          Through the support of volunteer mentors the Leaving Care Mentoring Program aims to provide young people leaving Out of Home Care with the opportunity to build and develop their independent living skills, positive relationships with adults within the community, to promote personal relationships and skills that prevent social isolation. Mentors play a key role in assisting young people through individual support, advice and guidance and by helping in practical ways that are important in this transitional period of a young person’s life.

          Adolescent Support Program: 10-17 years

          The Adolescent Support Program is a voluntary program which provides case management support to young people and their families. The program aims to provide support to ensure the young person is able to continue to reside in the family home. It also includes regular contact with the parents, school, emotional and social support. Furthermore, the program aims to prevent child protection involvement, or further child protection involvement. Referrals can be received from the community or child protection.

          Finding Solutions: 10-17 years

          Finding Solutions is a voluntary early intervention program, which is used as an alternative to the involvement of child protection. All referrals are made by the child protection intake team once a notification has been made and it is deemed that statutory involvement is not required. All referrals which are accepted require a response within 48 hours. Finding Solutions provides case management with its’ primary aim to prevent further child protection involvement. Furthermore, a holistic approach is taken which involves regular contact with the family, school, emotional and social support. A waitlist is not held for this program. If the program is at capacity, an Adolescent Support Program referral can be considered.

          Intensive Case Management (ICMS): The ICMS program works with young people aged between 12-18 years who are currently on Child Protection orders. Workers hold a case load of 6 with the aim that the young person will receive intensive support during the period they are on their Child Protection orders. Referrals can only be received from the Department of Human Services as all cases are contracted to the agency.

          Transitions:  The Transitions program is focused on young people as they are starting to exit the care system. The target group are between 16 to 18 years and have been on a Child Protection Order which is due to expire.  The worker will work with the young person in relation to moving out of Foster Care or Residential Care and into an independent living environment. The worker will work on skill development with the young person as well as supporting them to complete all housing applications.  There two lead tenant properties attached to this program for the young people to live in for a period of time whilst they are developing their independent living skills. .

          Wodonga Youth Refuge:  aims to provide safe stabilising accommodation, providing a cycle breaker for young people in need of support. The Youth Refuge focuses on supporting young people to develop the skills and link into resources to help them break the cycle of homelessness. This unit provides 24 hour supervised and supported accommodation for up to four homeless young people in a voluntary capacity. There is a Specialist Practitioner and Case Worker whose role is to work towards early intervention and prevention of youth homelessness as well as re-engaging in education and where appropriate encourage family/ carer reunification.

          High Risk Residential Units: Using a therapeutic approach to our practice, we aim to provide a physically and emotionally safe living environment for young people residing in our houses who are on Child Protection Service orders. Junction Support Services has management of five residential units in the Wodonga/ Wangaratta area. The units provide 24 hour supervised and supported accommodation and are supported by the ICMS Case Managers and Transitions worker.  The Houses are also supported by the behaviour pathways coordinator who provides internal training and support to the residential care workers.

          Kid’s Help Line

          Counselling line for children and young people aged 5-18 years, email and web counselling.counselling across all regions Australia wide.

          Free call 24/7 – 1800 55 1800

          • Cost: Free
          • Referrals: Yes
          • 24 Hours: Yes
          • Outreach: No
          • Walk-ins: No
          • Appointments: No
          • Free call: 1800 55 1800


          Lifeline provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services

          24/7 phone crisis counselling service for all regions across Australia

          131 114

          • Cost: Free
          • Referrals: Yes
          • 24 Hours: Yes
          • Outreach: No
          • Walk-ins: No
          • Appointments: No
          • Lifeline: 131114

          Lifeline’s National Services:

          •  24 Hour Telephone Crisis Support – 13 11 14
          • Online Crisis Support Chat
          • Service Finder – free directory of local health and community services
          • Mental Health Resource Centre
          • DValert – Domestic Violence Response Training
          • National Cannabis Information and Helpline

          Local Community Services:

          A range of services are provided through local Lifeline Centres across Australia that meets the needs of local communities. These services may include:

          • Suicide prevention and bereavement services
          • Face-to-face counselling
          • Financial counselling
          • Gambling counselling
          • Youth services
          • Disability services
          • Welfare programs
          • Rural outreach
          • Migrant support services
          • Family and mediation services
          • Counselling services for children
          • School based education programs
          • Information education and support groups
          • Indigenous support services

          Magistrates Court

          The Court values the strong engagement it has with the community and will use this website and other means of communication to build confidence in the justice system and greater community understanding of both the judicial role and the significance of an independent court system for the whole Victorian community.

          Most courts are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm with the exception of a few (see details tab)

          • Cost: Free
          • Referrals: Yes
          • 24 Hours: No
          • Outreach: No
          • Walk-ins: Yes
          • Appointments: Yes
          • Benalla Court (not Wed): 21 Bridge Street
            Benalla Victoria 3672
          • Cobram Court (Wed): Cnr. Punt Road and High Street
            Cobram Victoria 3644
          • Corryong Court : 11 Jardine Street
            Corryong Victoria 3707
          • Mansfield Court (Wed): 88 High Street
            Mansfield Victoria 3722
          • Myrtleford Court (Fri): Myrtle Street
            Myrtleford Victoria 3737
          • Seymour Court: 56 Tallarook Street
            Seymour Vic 3660
          • Shepparton Court: 14 High Street
            Shepparton Victoria 3630
          • Wangaratta Court: 24 Faithful Street
            Wangaratta Victoria 3677
          • Wodonga Court : 5 Elgin Boulevard
            Wodonga Victoria 3690
          • Assistance Line: 1300 352 000
          • Benalla Court (not Wed): 03 5761 1400
          • Cobram Court (Wed): 03 5872 2639
          • Corryong Court : 02 6043 7000
          • Mansfield Court (Wed): 03 5775 2672
          • Myrtleford Court (Fri): 03 5752 1868
          • Seymour Court: 03 5735 0100
          • Shepparton Court: 03 5821 4633
          • Wangaratta Court: 03 5721 0900
          • Wodonga Court : 02 6043 7000

          Areas of the Magistrates’ Court:

          - Intervention orders

          The court can make intervention orders to protect people who have experienced violent, threatening or abusive behaviour.
          There are two types of intervention orders:

          • a family violence intervention order helps to protect you from a family member who is violent to you
          • a personal safety intervention order helps to protect you from someone, other than a family member, who makes you feel unsafe

          - Specialist Jurisdictions 

          The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria offers a range of programs and services which improve the Court’s responsiveness to Victoria’s diverse and growing community. Specialist Courts seek to identify and address the complex issues that may have led to a person’s contact with the justice system with the aim of reducing re-offending. This promotes a safer and fairer community. Specialist Programs include the Drug Court, Koori Courts, Court Integrated Services Program (CISP), Credit/Bail Support (CBS) and the Assessment and Referral Court List (ARC).

          - Family Law

          The Magistrates’ Court has jurisdiction to hear and determine matters related to state laws and some federal matters. The Family Law Act 1975 gives the Magistrates’ Courts certain powers to deal with family law matters. The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria has the power to hear a similar range of matters related to children, property and intervention orders as the Federal Magistrates’ Court however its powers are limited by the legislation and developed court procedures.

          - Civil

          The Civil Jurisdiction of the Magistrates’ Court hears disputes arising from debts, claims for damages, other monetary disputes or equitable relief. Cases in the Civil Jurisdiction fall into three broad categories: General, Workcover and Industrial.

           – Criminal Proceedings

          The criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria hears and determines all summary offences and some indictable offences. The Court also conducts committal hearings in relation to serious indictable offences that must be finally determined in the County or Supreme Courts.

          Men’s Behaviour Change Program

          Timely and appropriate responses to men who use violent and controlling behaviour are seen as a key component of an integrated family violence system. Men’s Behaviour Change offers a face to face program for men who want to change their violent and controlling behaviours. The Department of Health & Human Services offers this program through their funded agencies in four locations across the Hume Region: Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton and Broadford. For more information about the program, you can contact one of the agencies listed below or click here for more information on the development of the program.

            • Referrals: Yes
            • 24 Hours: No
            • Outreach: No
            • Walk-ins: No
            • Appointments: Yes
            • Wodonga and Wangaratta - Gateway Community Health: 0260 22 8888
            • Shepparton - Relationships Australia: 0358 207444
            • Broadford - Nexus Primary Health: 0357 845 555

            Men’s Line Australia

            MensLine Australia is the national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The helpline is available from anywhere in Australia and is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues. Through our dedicated  counselling services, available through a range of ways, MensLine provides:

            • A safe and private place to talk about concerns;
            • Confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental support;
            • Coaching and practical strategies for managing personal relationship concerns;
            • Relevant information and linkage to other appropriate services and programs as required.
            • Cost: Free
            • Referrals: Yes
            • 24 Hours: Yes
            • Outreach: No
            • Walk-ins: No
            • Appointments: No

            MensLine Australia offers a range of free, professional counselling and support services for men across a range of modalities:

            • Open line – an immediate, single-session discussion and support available 24/7
            • Call back service – ongoing support through a series of up to six follow-up telephone counselling sessions with the same counsellor
            • Arabic call back service – culturally appropriate ongoing support for Australia’s Arabic community
            • Online counselling – text-based counselling available through the MensLine Australia website
            • Video counselling – face-to-face counselling available via Skype for men in rural and remote Australia
            • Assisted referrals – referring services or agencies who have established protocols with MensLine Australia can assist their clients to link directly with the MensLine service via a real-time warm-link transfer or email.

            Men’s Referral Service

            Anonymous, free, confidential referral service by men for men, about their anger or violence towards their partner or family and relationship issues.

            Free call Monday to Tuesday noon to 9pm: 1800 065 973 or (03) 9428 2899

            • Cost: Free
            • Referrals: Yes
            • 24 Hours: No
            • Outreach: No
            • Walk-ins: No
            • Appointments: No
            • Free Call: 1800 065 973
            • Secondary Contact: (03) 9428 2899

            The Men’s Referral Service primarily provides a telephone counselling service for:

            • men who might be using violent and controlling behaviour towards a partner or family member
            • women wishing to find information about male family violence for their partners or for themselves
            • friends, family or colleagues of people who are either using or experiencing family violence
            • professionals wishing to support a male or female client

            MI Fellowship of Victoria

            MI Fellowship Victoria is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation. We work directly with thousands of people each year, supporting them on their paths to recovery.

            Today MI Fellowship Victoria is one of Australia’s community managed mental health agencies, providing support services to around 5,000 people a year, and reaching many more in the wider community through advocacy and community education activities.

            Through its range of evidence-informed programs, MI Fellowship Victoria works with people with severe and enduring mental illness, and their families, to support people in the fundamentally important areas of their lives:  work and study, home and community, and relationships.

            In Shepparton, Community Support; Three residential rehabilitation programs across the city (youth, two adult)

            • Cost: Free
            • Referrals: Yes
            • 24 Hours: No
            • Outreach: Yes
            • Walk-ins: Yes
            • Appointments: Yes
            • Shepparton: 79B Wyndham St
            • Seymour: 12A Tallarook Street
            • Wangaratta: 40-46 Rowan Street
            • Cobram: 24-32 Broadway Street
            • Helpline : (03) 8486 4222
            • Shepparton: (03) 5822 8600
            • Seymour: (03) 5799 2353
            • Cobram: (03) 5871 0900
            • Wangaratta: (03) 5822 8600
            • Email Address:

            Our services are community-based, meaning that they are social, not medical. Acute psychiatric services are crucial, but we know that quality support services in the community keep people well for longer, more connected with their family, friends and community, and with a better quality of life at less cost than psychiatric hospital beds.

            Our programs are designed to support people in the fundamental areas of their lives: home, work, relationships. We create pathways for people to connect with education and employment opportunities, to find and create homes for themselves, to build links within their communities, and to develop supportive relationships with families and friends.

            Our programs are informed by the evidence on mental illness and recovery. Recovery from mental illness is best described as a process, defined and led by the person with a mental illness, through which they achieve independence, self-esteem and a meaningful life in the community.

            We work with people to assist them to find or develop the internal resources they need in their recovery (such as hope, resilience, coping skills, self-acceptance and physical health) and the external services and supports that will enable their recovery and independence (such as stable accommodation, education, employment support). A list of our services and programs are:

            - Live in Services

            - Support at home

            - Support in the community

            - Doorway Housing & Support

            - Getting a ‘break’

            - Getting and keeping a job

            - Return to study

            - Family Education

            - Peer Education

            - Community Choir

            - Services in the ACT

            - Home-based services

            - Residential programs

            - Vocational rehabilitation

            Call (03) 8486 4222 to talk to someone from MI Fellowship Victoria.

            The Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers who have personal experience or are a family member or close friend of a person with mental illness. They can provide you with:

            • a listening ear that is empathic, respectful and non-judgmental;
            • up-to-date accurate information about mental illnesses, treatment and recovery;
            • strategies and approaches for managing your illness or supporting a friend or family member with a mental illness;
            • assistance with recognising individual strengths and resources;
            • linking people into support and education programs and local communities;
            • Information about, and referral to MI Fellowship Victoria programs and other services.

            The Helpline is available 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

            No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)


            The No Interest Loan Scheme provides interest free loans for individuals or families on a low income. NILS is a community based program that enables eligible people to access fair, safe and equitable credit for the purchase of goods and services. NILS loans are generally for the purchase of essential household items. The NILS program in conjunction with National Australia Bank also offers the Adds Up Scheme which encourages and supports individuals to establish regular savings habits.

            The scheme can be accesed through Women’s Health Goulburn North East

            Eligibility includes women who are :

            • Living in the Hume region and have experienced DV recently.
            • Willing to be in contact with a DV service.
            • On a low income.
            • Interested in developing financial confidence and understanding.

            Loan purchase may include:

            Fridge, washing machine, medical procedure, educational one off costs.

            Loans are for up to $2000.

            Loans are available in the Hume region which includes the following shires: Rural City of Wangaratta, Rural City of Benalla, City of Wodonga, City of Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie Shire, Moira Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Towong Shire, Alpine Shire, Mansfield Shire and the Mitchell Shire

              • Referrals: No
              • 24 Hours: No
              • Outreach: No
              • Walk-ins: No
              • Appointments: No
              • Women's Health Goulburn North East: (03) 5722 3009

              North East Support & Action for Youth (NESAY)

              North East Support and Action for Youth Inc (NESAY) is a community managed incorporated agency committed to providing a service to vulnerable youth, the homeless and people who have been disenfranchised by their personal circumstances,addressing the issues of adolescence, family life, homelessness and employment options.

              Highly active on a number of fronts, NESAY has established itself as a leading agency in youth affairs in the North East Region of Victoria within the seven local government areas NESAY services. With energetic staff, supported by a community board of management, NESAY is respected as a professional and effective service provider with its progressive approach to youth welfare and family issues.

              They have three offices in Wangaratta, Benella and Seymour offering services to the Shires of  Mansfield, Alpine, Indigo & eastern half of Moira Shire

              • Referrals: Yes
              • 24 Hours: No
              • Outreach: Yes
              • Walk-ins: Yes
              • Appointments: Yes
              • Main Office: 86-90 Rowan Street
              • Seymour Office: 2/5a Wallis Street
              • Benalla Office: 81-83 Nunn Street
              • Main Office (Wangaratta): (03) 5720 2201
              • Seymour Office: (03) 5799 1654
              • Benalla Office: (03) 5762 2880

              North East Support & Action for Youth (NESAY) aims to deliver services that are flexible and creative in its approach. They recognise that one approach doesn’t work for everyone. They are all individuals and therefore need an individual approach. Therefor they have a wide range of programs and services available. With all the programs on offer within NESAY, we believe that it is imperative that a full assessment through intake is completed prior to an allocation of a case worker.  The intake process enables a holistic understanding of current life events allows for accurate program placement.

              Links to home                                                                                                                                         LinX2Home model is a support service incorporating accommodation respite intervention to young people and their families who are experiencing family breakdown issues in relation to their adolescent child.                          

              Creating connections program                                                                                                          Homelessness Support for young people between 16-25 years 

              Borinya Youth Worker                                                                                                                              A welfare worker situated within the Borinya Community School for young people between 13-17 years.

              Adolescent Support Program (ASP) & Finding Solutions Program (FS)                                                   A 1:1 support for 12-17 year olds. The ASP and FS programs work with the whole family unit to support positive change for everyone involved.  ASP and FS assists young people to remain with their families and to prevent or minimise the need for State intervention.

              Reconnect program                                                                                                                         Reducing homelessness for young people between 12-18 years by focusing on Family Reconciliation and practical support

              Homelessness Assistance Program (HAP)                                                                                 Practical assistance for 15-25 year olds experiencing homelessness

              Don’t Go There Girlfriend                                                                                                                         A behavioural Change group based program for young women between the age of 12-17 year olds

              School Engagement Program                                                                                                         Individual support to facilitate communication between schools, families and young people around school attendance for 11-17 year olds

              Benalla Young Parents Group                                                                                                                   A weekly support program for young parents within the Benalla community under the age of 25 years

              Baby Talk Program                                                                                                                                     A behavioural change program, based in Benalla, which examines family violence in the context of under 25 years old new parents.

              Walk the Talk (WTT) Program                                                                                                                 A Behavioural Change program for Young Men between 12-17 years 


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