Working Against Violence Support Service (WAVSS)
WAVSS offers women and children free information, support and counselling about domestic and family violence.
Counselling for women
Free individual counselling for women who have experienced domestic and family violence.
Counselling for children
Free individual and family counselling for mothers and their children who have previously witnessed or lived with domestic and family violence.
Groups for women and children
Free ongoing support groups to help women care for themselves, take control of their own lives and understand the cycle of domestic and family violence and its affects on themselves and their children. WAVSS also runs therapeutic groups for children who have witnessed or lived with domestic violence.
Support during a crisis, information and referral
WAVSS can help you work out what will help you the most by providing you with support, information and options. We can also assist women who decide to leave their abusive/violent relationship by providing them with support and information about increasing their safety, refuges and Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) applications.
WAVSS staff can also assist with a variety of relevant referrals including; crisis accommodation, emergency relief monies and addressing practical issues.
Skilled and experienced court support workers are available at the Beaudesert and Cleveland Courts to provide information and support to women applying for a DVPO. This includes assistance with the writing of applications as we understand that it can be difficult to gather your thoughts when exposed to violence.
Although we cannot provide legal advice, we can refer women to a number of legal services where there are lawyers who are experienced in dealing with domestic and family violence issues, including child access and property matters.
Helping Out Families
This program enables earlier and more effective intervention, addressing a greater variety of needs, enhancing our domestic and family violence response. The program can provide additional support services including health care needs, advocacy, education and training.
(07) 3808 5566