South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about “Family Violence”

Abuse in relationships: Can you see it?

For Female Survivors, Young People

It can be if someone constantly puts you down, threatens you or forces you to do something you dont want to. Some forms of abuse are against the law and its not always physical violence. Abuse in relationships can happen to anyone regardless of the type of relationship.

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Domestic violence outreach unit

A service for women and women with children from the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne who have experienced recent physical and emotional abuse and are not safe in their homes. Available: After normal business hours phone (03) 9594 2289

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Face values: Making sense of violent relationships

For Young People

Face values aims to allow young people to get a better understanding of what makes some people abuse others. It looks at the attitudes and values in society which lead to sexual, emotional and physical violation.

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Family violence

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

In Victoria, family violence covers a range of behaviours committed by a person against a family member. All the behaviours aim to control a family member through fear, and include the following:

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Family violence and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience both far higher rates and more severe forms of family violence compared to other women. 1

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Family violence and culturally diverse women

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

All forms of family violence (also called domestic violence) are illegal and unacceptable in Australia. But for women from culturally diverse backgrounds, the situation is complex.

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Family violence and the LGBTI communities

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

No matter who you are, you can be affected by family violence (also called domestic violence).

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Family violence manuals

For Workers

The following manuals are for family violence workers.

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Family violence services

Family or domestic violence is any behaviour that causes physical, sexual or emotional damage, or causes you to live in fear. It may include;

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Female circumcision/Female genital mutilation

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors

Information about the practice known as female circumcision.

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For parents

For Family & Friends

A booklet for parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. It contains information on issues for non-offending parents.

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Forced marriage

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Under Australian Commonwealth law a forced marriage is one where a person gets married without freely and fully consenting because they have been coerced, threatened or deceived.

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Going too far: Creating non-violent relationships

For Young People

This booklet gives young people the chance to look at what happens when people have destructive relationships, and to show you that you can decide to have relationships without having to dominate or be victimised. There are exercises and stories included which are intended to challenge the way you think...

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Information for parents/carers about specialist assessments

For Family & Friends

Your child has been referred to SECASA by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Child Protection, for a “specialist assessment”. SECASA is a government funded counselling agency for victims of sexual assault and their non-offending family members.

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Inner Middle Crisis Advocacy Response Service

Through IMCARS (Inner Middle Crisis Advocacy Response Service), SECASA provides family violence services 24/7 to victims of family violence in the Inner Middle region. This covers the local government areas of Port Phillip, Bayside, Glen Eira, Stonnington and Kingston and within the vicinity of Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, and Oakleigh.

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Interactive online peer support and counselling options

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers

A resource sheet with links to online support options in Australia and overseas.

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Journey: Our story

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors

To all my parts on the inside, I am sad that your life has been so hard, I am sorry you have suffered such pain. I wish you could have run, and played skipped, sung and danced as all children do. I wish you had a childhood full of loving memories.

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Making Rights Reality resources

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Teachers, Workers

Making Rights Reality is a program at the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) that gives extra help to adults who have been sexually assaulted and who have an intellectual disability or Acquired Brain Injury, or use aids to communicate.

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One Step at a Time DVD

For Female Survivors, Students

One Step At A Time portrays a day in the life of Jane, a counsellor/advocate, as she works with women attending a sexual assault centre and juggles her home life. The stories for this half hour drama are drawn from interviews with clients and counsellors from the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA).

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Partner rape

For Female Survivors

Women's Health Goulburn North East has created an educational film for health and legal professionals, for women affected by partner rape, for men's groups and for the community. It is based on the 2008 research report, Raped by a Partner.

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