Be an Active Bystander – A guide to helping when you see family violence and abuse

Know how to act when you witness a situation of abuse or unacceptable behaviour, whether the person experiencing violence is your friend, a neighbour or a total stranger. What does being an active bystander mean? In the context of family violence, being an active bystander means taking action when you see or hear violence, abuseContinue reading Be an Active Bystander – A guide to helping when you see family violence and abuse

The time to implement family law reform is now – A message from safe steps CEO Annette Gillespie

It is commendable that the Federal Government is conducting a comprehensive review of the family law system due to release its findings in 2019, writes safe steps CEO Annette Gillespie. But the recently released recommendations of a previous family violence and family law parliamentary inquiry should not be put on hold until then. Last month,Continue reading The time to implement family law reform is now – A message from safe steps CEO Annette Gillespie

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