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
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