Who can I talk to?

You can talk to us.

Women’s Health West provide the Victims Assistance and Counselling Program for women who have experienced family violence.

When people have been verbally or physically abused or threatened with harm they may have troubling symptoms:

  • Emotional: crying, anxiety, fear, memory problems, shame, anger, poor motivation, nightmares, numbness
  • Physical: headaches, tiredness, stomach upset, shaky hands, easily startled
  • Behaviour: avoiding people, losing confidence, conflict with family, increased use of alcohol or drugs, difficulty going out alone

These symptoms are normal after an extreme, stressful experience; they’re also temporary. Noticing these changes in your life and accepting them are the first steps to recovery.

When the time is right you may need to talk about what happened or share how you are feeling but you may not wish to talk with family or friends.

We have a women’s family violence counsellor who can listen, give you information about stress and the effects of family violence and work with you to develop healing strategies.

Counselling is free and can help you manage and recover from the effects of violence.

To make an appointment call Western Region Health Centre and ask for intake on (03) 8398 4178.

Photos of our counselling rooms in Footscray can be viewed below.

Useful links

1800RESPECT  1800 737 732

National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service

Suicide Call Back Service  1300 659 467

10am – 8.30pm, 7 days a week

SuicideLine (Victoria)  1300 651 251

24 hours, 7 days a week

Parentline Victoria 13 22 89

8am – midnight, 7 days a week