safe steps set to start delivering 1800RESPECT trauma counselling

safe steps Family Violence Response Centre is proud to have entered into a collaborative agreement with DVConnect Queensland and Women’s Safety Services South Australia, to provide the specialist trauma-informed counselling component of the 1800RESPECT national family violence and sexual assault helpline from October 29, 2017. As of midnight Sunday 29 October, all 1800RESPECT callers seeking counsellingContinue reading safe steps set to start delivering 1800RESPECT trauma counselling

Threats aimed at children in family violence incidences up by 76 per cent over past three years – safe steps data shows

Instances of family violence perpetrators threatening to harm or kill children have increased by 76 per cent since 2014, according to new data from safe steps, Victoria’s 24/7 statewide family violence response service. Almost one third (30.4 per cent) of the women who have contacted safe steps Family Violence Response Centre since July 2016 report that the perpetrator hasContinue reading Threats aimed at children in family violence incidences up by 76 per cent over past three years – safe steps data shows

safe steps launches two new microsites for children and young people

safe steps is proud to announce the launch of two new microsites aimed at children and young people; safesteps4children.org.au and safesteps4youth.org.au. safesteps4children.org.au is an interactive, simple to navigate site designed to assist young children who have experienced family violence and are entering safe house or refuge accommodation. It features colourful imagery, simple information and stimulating play activities that introduce andContinue reading safe steps launches two new microsites for children and young people

Record $1.9 billion Budget commitment to tackle family violence timely as Victorian frontline response service faces record demand

Today’s State Budget announcement of a record $1.9 billion boost to family violence direct response and prevention work is both timely and essential in meeting unprecedented demand on family violence services, according to Annette Gillespie, CEO of safe steps Family Violence Response Centre. “More Victorian women and children are contacting services than ever before because they are atContinue reading Record $1.9 billion Budget commitment to tackle family violence timely as Victorian frontline response service faces record demand

safe steps Pets in Crisis Program – Helping women escape family violence knowing their pets are safe

It’s a horrible reality that women find it difficult to leave a violent relationship knowing their pets are likely to be harmed if they do. – Annette Gillespie, safe steps CEO No woman should have to choose between leaving a violent relationship and keeping a pet safe.But heartbreakingly, because crisis care refuges and motels are often unable to accommodateContinue reading safe steps Pets in Crisis Program – Helping women escape family violence knowing their pets are safe