We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide a new innovative service, called ‘Keeping Safe Together’. The program will provide intensive therapeutic support for women, children and their families experiencing family violence. The program will be co-led with Lifeworks, and a number of other agencies, including the Bouverie Centre.
Keeping Safe Together is a Victorian – if not an Australian – first, in that it will provide support for whole families wanting to stay safe and live a life free from violence: currently a gap in available services. This new evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach will focus on the specific individual support needs of each member of the family, including men who use violence.
Keeping Safe Together will aim to deliver services on a flexible basis, including outside of business hours; a vital way of increasing access to the services, and engaging with a diverse range of families.
Keeping Safe Together will initially be delivered as a pilot program in both Melton and Wyndham, and will be implemented through collaboration with a range of service providers across Melbourne’s western region.
We have listened to the voices of women who want assistance for not only themselves, but for their children, and their partners or ex-partners. We are pleased that we will finally be able to offer a holistic and intensive program, which will work to ensure that women and their families can live safe and healthy lives in Melbourne’s west.
Keep an eye on our website for information about the program as it develops: including eligibility guidelines and timeframes for referrals being accepted into this new program.
We are currently recruiting a project manager for this new program – visit our ‘Work with Us’ page to find out more.