Sutherland Shire Family Services is a leading support service for domestic violence victims and their children in the Sutherland Shire, offering a range of programs designed to support victims and their children. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, it is critical to get help.
Support & Advocacy Services
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is a partnership program with local police in Sutherland local area and St. George local area commands that helps people who may be at risk of domestic violence to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violent criminal offences. The Scheme is not a register or a list, but a tool available to concerned people to seek information about a person’s violent offending history through making an application at their local police station. More information on the DVDS is available at http://www.domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au/dvds
The Southern Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (SSWDVCAS) provides information, advocacy and referrals for women and families attending Sutherland and Kogarah Local Courts for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders.
If you or someone you know if affected by domestic violence – help is available.
Call 000 to get Police Assistance, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 Respect (1800 737 732)
Support Groups & Therapeutic Programs
As well as the above services which connect domestic violence victims with support, information and practical help, Sutherland Shire Family Services offer a range of support groups, therapy programs and education programs designed to further support victims recovery as well as address community prevention needs.
In recognising the effect that domestic violence has on children, in 2012 SSFS launched the Building Resilience in Children (BRIC) project – a highly effective, trauma-informed, attachment parenting service designed to rebuild the relationship of the parent and child following domestic violence and trauma.
Each term we run Domestic Violence Support Groups focused on the needs of women who have experienced domestic violence and through these groups explore their strength and survival, impacts on lives, family and relationships, and work to begin the process of healing. Following the Domestic Violence Support Group, we offer an optional 4 week program, which has been designed to look at the impact that domestic violence has on the child. Limited child care is available for these sessions and further information is available on 9528 2933 – Ext 101.
We also offer a 6 week Art Therapy program to women who have participated in the Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group. The themes of this group focus on strengthening intellectual and intuitive responses, building confidence and insight. The process enables women to gain self knowledge and learn more about how to cope with life’s challenges.
Love Bites is an extremely successful school based domestic and family violence prevention program targeted at 15-17 year old high school students. Run in local high schools by trained facilitators, the respectful relationships program consists of two interactive education workshops on Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault followed by creative workshops that consolidate the information from the morning sessions.