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Bettys Place Women’s Refuge Albury

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Bettys Place provides a safe and supportive environment for women and children who are escaping or have experienced Domestic and/or Family violence. Our service is staffed by professional women who can assist with crisis accommodation, case management, Local and Family Court support and advocacy. Outreach services are also available for women and children in need of support but who do not require crisis accommodation. Assisted referrals to other services can also be provided. Betty’s Place supports women from Albury, Greater Hume & Corowa Local Government Areas in addition to the Victorian Local Government Area’s of Indigo, Towong and Wodonga. They facilitate 8 residential units for accomodation, providing safe and supportive living quarters. Women do not necessarily have to reside in the Refuge to access the support services. Minimal assistance may be offered to homeless women, however this is not our target group. Also a base for the Albury Wodonga Domestic Violence Committee. Their staff hours are 8am till 6pm Monday to Thursday and 8am till 5pm on Friday, A 24 hour phone contact is available. They are committed to the following:

  • Addressing the issues in our community which result in the perpetration of domestic violence against women and children
  • Increasing awareness in the wider community about the prevalence and issues of family violence and social injustice, through community education, community development, advocacy and professional training
  • Providing a flexible service, which is responsive to individual needs with a particular awareness and respect of differences such as age, culture and sexual orientation
    • Cost: Free
    • Referrals: Yes
    • 24 Hours: Yes
    • Outreach: No
    • Walk-ins: Yes
    • Appointments: Yes
    • Location: Confidential
    • Main Contact (during business hours): (02) 6041 4141
    • 24 Hour Crisis Support: (02) 6041 4141
    • NSW Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800 656 463
    • VIC Domestic Violence Crisis Service: 1800 015 188

    Betty’s place provide short-term crisis accommodation/ refuge, counselling & group programs for women and children, assistance with court matters & practical support, case management, advocacy and information on all issues pertaining to domestic violence. Outreach services are also available for women and children in need of support but who do not require crisis accommodation. Assisted referrals to other services can also be provided.

     

    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

      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:

      http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/590110/child_FIRST_fact_sheet_PRINT.pdf

      • 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.

      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

        Corryong Medical Centre (Upper Murray Health)

        Four general practitioners provide medical services along with on call services through the Urgent Care Centre at the hospital. There is also a female General Practitioner bi-monthly sponsored though the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

        Registered Nurses provide general practice nursing services including health assessments, screening information and asthma education. the Practice Nurses are also women’s health and immunisation credentialed.

        A General Surgeon and Paediatrician visit on a regular basis.

        After hours emergency care is available through the Urgent Care Centre of UMHC&S

        Office Hours 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

        • Cost: All services are bulk billed
        • Referrals: Yes
        • 24 Hours: No
        • Outreach: Yes
        • Walk-ins: No
        • Appointments: Yes
        • Address: Kiell Street
          Corryong
          VIC
          3707
        • Main Contact: (02) 6076 3290
        • After Hours: (02) 6076 3200
        • Email Address: enquiry@umhcs.vic.gov.au

        - Women’s Health Practice Nurses available.

        – Visiting female GP every 6-8 weeks.

        – Visiting female counsellor.

        – Home Visits If it is impossible for you to attend the clinic, home visits may be arranged in some circumstances, by telephoning thePractice Manager or Practice Nurse, who will consult with your doctor. In general if you are severely ill you should go to the Upper Murray Health Urgent Care Centre, rather than arrange a home visit.

        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.

            Gateway Health – Family Violence Outreach Service

            Family Violence Outreach Worker provides counselling, support, information and referral. This service also offers short and long term counselling and the option of engaging in a group program, KNOTS, to assist in the journey through experience asnd recovery from family violence. The service is confidential and does provide service in Wodonga and outreaches to some outlying areas across the Towong, Alpine and Indigo shires.

            Gateway Health is recognised as a leader in services that enhances community health and well being through innovation and partnership. They offer a free, confidential service for women and children experiencing family violence and men’s behavioural change programs. Their main office is located in Wodonga and their services are available in North-East Victoria and the Albury/Wodonga regions.

            For more information click here.

             

            • Cost: Attendance at GCH is free for most services, however some activities and groups charge a fee to cover costs.
            • Referrals: Yes
            • 24 Hours: No
            • Outreach: No
            • Walk-ins: Yes
            • Appointments: Yes

            They offer counselling, information, support, indigenous community links and referrals for all families.

            They also offer these services for children:

            • Counselling for Young Children
            • Interacting with your baby: Mother Goose Program
            • Parent Education: Positive Parenting Telephone Service
            • Resolve Program: Counselling, Mediation, Family Therapy For Young People 10-21 Years
            • Raising Children: Raising Children Network

            They specialise in support for young parents and adults:

            • social groups for mums and dads
            • groups for when you are pregnant
            • groups for when you have a family
            • Resolve Program: Counselling, Mediation, Family Therapy for 10-21 Years
            • Counselling & Support: Drug and Alcohol, Domestic Violence, Gamblers Help, Grief and Loss, Men’s Support
            • Mental Health Support: Get Together House, Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMs)
            • Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Services: Drug Withdrawal, Drug Diversion, Needle and Syringe, Pharmacotherapies
            • Workplace Services: Information and costs for organisations seeking assistance to respond to alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues in the workplace – Prospectus & Enquiry Form
            • Clinic 35: Sexual Health Clinic
            • Relationship Education: Relationship Programs
            • Health Promotion Programs

             

            Gateway Health – 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 12 week program for men who want to change their violent and controlling behaviours. The Department of Human Services offers this program through their funded agencies in four locations across the Hume Region: Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton and Seymour. 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.

            Gateway Health is recognised as a leader in services that enhances community health and well being through innovation and partnership. They offer a free, confidential service for women and children experiencing family violence and men’s behavioural change programs. Their main office is located in Wodonga and their services are available in North-East Victoria and the Albury/Wodonga regions.

            For more information click here.

             

            • Cost: Attendance at GCH is free for most services, however some activities and groups charge a fee to cover costs.
            • Referrals: Yes
            • 24 Hours: No
            • Outreach: No
            • Walk-ins: Yes
            • Appointments: Yes

            They offer counselling, information, support, indigenous community links and referrals for all families.

            They also offer these services for children:

            • Counselling for Young Children
            • Interacting with your baby: Mother Goose Program
            • Parent Education: Positive Parenting Telephone Service
            • Resolve Program: Counselling, Mediation, Family Therapy For Young People 10-21 Years
            • Raising Children: Raising Children Network

            They specialise in support for young parents and adults:

            • social groups for mums and dads
            • groups for when you are pregnant
            • groups for when you have a family
            • Resolve Program: Counselling, Mediation, Family Therapy for 10-21 Years
            • Counselling & Support: Drug and Alcohol, Domestic Violence, Gamblers Help, Grief and Loss, Men’s Support
            • Mental Health Support: Get Together House, Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMs)
            • Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Services: Drug Withdrawal, Drug Diversion, Needle and Syringe, Pharmacotherapies
            • Workplace Services: Information and costs for organisations seeking assistance to respond to alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues in the workplace – Prospectus & Enquiry Form
            • Clinic 35: Sexual Health Clinic
            • Relationship Education: Relationship Programs
            • Health Promotion Programs

             

            Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

            The Hume Riverina Community Legal Service is a federally and state funded service auspiced by Upper Murray Family Care Inc, and provide free and confidential legal advice, information, casework and referrals for a range of individuals and groups either residing or working in North East Victoria and the Riverina of New South Wales. They are a generalist legal service and their solicitors can provide advice and information on areas such as:

            Family law, crime, family/domestic violence, Personal Safety Orders, motor vehicle accidents, neighbourhood disputes, small debts, fines, police powers, traffic offences, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship.

            For more information, you can access their website: click here.

            The Wodonga office is open Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am-5pm; Tuesday 9am-7pm and closed on Friday.

            They have an office in Wodonga and attend each of the following locations on a monthly basis:

            Mt Beauty (Mt Beauty Neighbourhood Centre, Tennis Court Avenue)

            Deniliquin (Deniliquin Neighbourhood Centre, Cnr Trickett & Napier Streets)

            Finley (Intereach, Shop 1, Central Arcade, Murray Street)

            Lavington (Lavington Library, 366 Griffith Road)

            Corowa (Intereach, shops 9&10, Corowa Arcade, Sanger Street)

            Albury (Intereach, 553 David Street) – (fortnightly basis)

            Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service (644 Daniel Street, Glenroy) (weekly basis)

            Wangaratta (Upper Murray Family Care, 36 Mackay Street) (fortnightly basis)

            Telephone hours: Monday to Thursday 9am-4pm (closed Friday)

            • Cost: Free
            • Referrals: Yes
            • 24 Hours: No
            • Outreach: Yes
            • Walk-ins: No
            • Appointments: Yes
            • Head Office : Suite 5, 91 Hume Street
              Wodonga
              VIC
              3690
            • : Phone: 0260 575000
            • General Enquiries : 1800 918 377
            • Head Office (Wodonga) : (03) 60 575000
            • Email Address: cls@umfc.com.au

            Services Provided:

            • Free & Confidential Legal Advice
            • Legal Information
            • Telephone Advice
            • Face-to-Face Clinics, Wodonga (weekly) & Wangaratta (fortnightly) on Tuesday evenings
            • Family Law Legal Aid
            • Intervention Order & Court Support Clinic
            • Outreach – Deniliquin, Finley, Mt Beauty, Myrtleford, Corryong, Tallangatta, Corowa, Howlong, Lavington, Thurgoona, Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service & Wangaratta
            • Supervised Student Advice Clinic. These clinics are for people needing advice on family law. Law students, supervised by an experienced family lawyer, provide advice at these clinics.
            • Family Relationship Services Advice Clinic
            • Family Violence Duty Solicitor. A solicitor is available at the Wodonga Magistrates’ Court to provide legal information, advice and representation to applicants in Family Violence court proceedings.

            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

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            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: wangadmin@junction.org.au
            • Email Address Wodonga: reception@junction.org.au

            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

            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
              Australia
            • Cobram Court (Wed): Cnr. Punt Road and High Street
              Cobram Victoria 3644
              Australia
            • Corryong Court : 11 Jardine Street
              Corryong Victoria 3707
              Australia
            • Mansfield Court (Wed): 88 High Street
              Mansfield Victoria 3722
              Australia
            • Myrtleford Court (Fri): Myrtle Street
              Myrtleford Victoria 3737
              Australia
            • Seymour Court: 56 Tallarook Street
              Seymour Vic 3660
              Australia
            • Shepparton Court: 14 High Street
              Shepparton Victoria 3630
              Australia
            • Wangaratta Court: 24 Faithful Street
              Wangaratta Victoria 3677
              Australia
            • Wodonga Court : 5 Elgin Boulevard
              Wodonga Victoria 3690
              Australia
            • 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
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