Domestic violence outreach unit
This article is written for women and assumes a male offender, however SECASA acknowledges that both men and women can be survivors of sexual abuse and that offenders can be male and female.
SECASA & Hanover South Eastern Crisis Accommodation Service
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
After hours service - What do we provide?
The service is a free and confidential service which recognises that domestic violence and sexual assault are crimes.
If you have experienced recent physical and emotional abuse, live in the Southern Region and feel unsafe in your home then you can contact the service.
- Medical attention
- Emergency accommodation
All enquiries are strictly confidential
Domestic violence is probably much more than you think.
When relationships become possessive and controlling you sometimes don't recognise what is happening.
DOES HE control your contact with family and friends?
DOES HE always have to know where you are and is suspicious or disbelieving when you tell him?
DOES HE become angry and jealous when you talk to other guys?
DOES HE put you down so much that you end up feeling you can't stand up for yourself?
DOES HE believe that men are superior and puts women down, even if he tells you that you are different?
DOES HE force or pressure you to do things against your will to the point where you are unable to make decisions?
Violence is NOT on
The Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey (2005) found that:
- 1 in 3 women had experienced physical violence since the age of 15;
- Nearly 1 in 5 women had experienced sexual violence since the age of 15;
- 16% of women had experienced violence by a current or previous partner since the age of 15;
- Intimate partner violence especially affects pregnant women. The survey found that 36% of women who experienced intimate partner violence were pregnant at the time of the violence and 17% of those women were pregnant when the violence started.
Family violence crisis service
8am-5pm, Monday-Friday (03) 9791 6111 or 1800 357 397
After 5pm Weekdays and on weekends 0400 503 338
Domestic violence outreach service
Westernport Accommodation & Youth Support Services WAYSS Ltd
Frankston (03) 9781 4658
Dandenong (03) 9791 6111
Cranbourne (03) 5990 6789
Narre Warren (03) 9703 0044
Pakenham (03) 5945 3200
Important phone numbers
Emergency 24 hour contacts
- Police 000
- CASA House after hours service (03) 9349 1766, 1800 806 292
- Safe Steps (24 hour crisis support) Ph. (03) 9373 0123, or toll free: Ph. 1800 015 188.
Other important numbers
- Domestic Violence Resource Centre (03) 9387 9155
- W.I.R.E. 1300 134 130, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
- Australian Childhood Foundation - Counselling for children and young people affected by abuse 1800 176 453
- National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service for people living in Australia 1800 RESPECT