Women's Domestic Violence & Homeless Services

 

Domestic Violence Related Services

Listed below is a wide range of support, information, referral and advocacy services for those experiencing or at risk of domestic violence. Contact the services listed below to access the assistance you require.

These are broken down into four areas:

Other services on our website that you may require the contact details for:

Emergency accommodation
Specialist homeslessness services
Food and financial assistance
Additional services

 

Domestic violence help centres

 

Staying Home Leaving Violence Scheme – Newcastle
Joy Cummings Centre, Corner of Scott and Pacific Streets, Newcastle 2300
Phone: 02 49 263 577

The SHLV scheme works with police to remove perpetrators of violence from the family home (where it is safe and viable to do so) so that women and children can remain safely where they are. 
This service provides information, support, safety planning, improvements to home security, advocacy and referrals to other domestic violence specialist services.

 

Elder Abuse NSW
Helpline 1800 628 221
http://www.elderabusehelpline.com.au

The elder abuse helpline provides information, support and referrals relating to the abuse of older people in NSW. This is a confidential service where callers remain anonymous. Abuse can include psychological, emotional, verbal, financial, neglect, physical and sexual abuse. 

 

Hunter Women’s Centre
60 Industrial Drive, Mayfield 2304. 
Phone: 02 49 682 511
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
admin@hwc.org.au

The Hunter Women's Centre provides women’s groups and workshops: 

Domestic Violence Educational and Support Groups: personal boundaries, self-esteem, communication and assertiveness, workshops for families and friends of someone experiencing domestic violence, as well as many other empowering topics.
Counselling: For women on issues that may be impacting on their lives including domestic violence, healing and support to enhance individual women’s physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.
Complimentary Health Services: To enhance women’s wellbeing

 

Newcastle ACON
129 Maitland Road, Islington 2296
Phone: 02 49 276 808    
Freecall: 1800 063 060

Newcastle ACON Is a community health based LGBTI health organisation that provides a range of services that may be appropriate for people experiencing domestic violence, providing access to information, referral, counselling and support. ACON services also include anti-violence and Aboriginal projects, as well as alcohol, drug and HIV projects and services.

 

Northern Settlement Services
8 Chaucer Street, Hamilton 2303
Phone: 02 49 693 399    
Freecall: 1800 813 205
nss@nsservices.com.au

Provides multicultural, community and welfare programs, support, information, advocacy, referral, information sessions, visa and immigration assistance, complex case management support for current refugees experiencing extreme hardship and disadvantage are just a few of the services provided to culturally and linguistically diverse people in the Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens areas.

 

Safe Beds for Pets - RSPCA
Local RSPCA Tighes Hill 
Phone: 02 97 824 408
Newcastle phone: 02 49 276 822
http://www.rspcansw.org.au/

Safe Beds for Pets provides temporary housing for pets of people seeking refuge from domestic and family violence. Contact Safe Beds for Pets yourself or ask your DV service to assist you with a referral.

 

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Free Legal Services 


Hunter Community Legal Centre
Level 2, 116 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300
Phone: 02 40 409120    
Freecall: 1800 650 073
http://www.hunterclc.com.au/

Hunter Community Legal Centre provides free legal advice by phone Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It provides advice, assistance and information on matters relating to domestic violence, apprehended violence orders, separation, divorce and parenting matters. For further information see website.

 

Indigenous Women’s Legal Services NSW
Phone: 02 8745 6977
Free call: 1800 639 784

Provides free confidential legal information, advice and referrals for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in NSW with a focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, parenting issues, family law, discrimination and victims compensation.

 

Jenny's Place Homeless Persons Legal Advice Partnership
Joy Cummings Center, Cnr of Scott and Pacific Streets, Newcastle 2300.

Legal advice is provided by solicitors from Hicksons Law Firm, specialising general law, and Burke and Mead Solicitors, specialising in family law.

Referrals are accepted through specialist homeless service case workers only as capacity is limited. 

A free legal clinic runs every Wednesday 12 and 2pm

 

Legal Aid Newcastle
Level 2, 51-55 Bolton Street, Newcastle 2300
Phone: 02 49 295 482
Freecall: 137 788

Phone for details relating to eligibility and type of legal services provided

 

Newcastle University Legal Centre 
Level 2, University House, Cnr King and Auckland Streets, Newcastle. 2300
Phone: 02 49 218 666 
LegalCentre@newcastle.edu.au

The Newcastle University Legal Centre provides information, advice, limited representation on matters such as family law, debt, victims compensation, criminal and discrimination matters etc. 

Drop-in sessions (no appointment required) are available on Wednesdays during university semesters. 

 

Newcastle Women’s Court Advocacy Service
Phone: 02 49 408 766
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Provides court support to women seeking protection orders from domestic violence in the Newcastle, Toronto, Belmont and Raymond Terrace courts.

Also work in partnership with police following domestic violence incidents where there has been police involvement. They provide follow up telephone support, information with referral and linkages to specialist DV support services.

 

VOCAL Newcastle 
Level 1, 432 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300. 
Phone: 02 49 262 711    
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
info@vocal.org.au

VOCAL provides access to post-traumatic stress counselling, victims compensation services and financial assistance.

 

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Support for Young people experiencing Domestic Violence, Abuse, Assault and Homelessness

 

Allambi Care
Lake Macquarie
Phone: 02 49 448 871


Path to Change
Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock and Dungog
Phone: 02 49 512 144


The Samaritans Foundation
Phone: 02 49 558 358


Ungooroo Corporation
Lower and Upper Hunter
Phone: 02 65 715 111


Wandiyalli ATSI
Phone: 02 49 575 900


Wesley Mission Newcastle
Newcastle and the Hunter
Phone: 02 49 694 761

 

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Counselling services specialising in domestic violence


Accessing counselling through your doctor/GP – Medicare – A Better Access Initiative 

Talk to your doctor regarding what you have been experiencing and your need to access appropriate counselling services. Medicare rebates are available for up to ten individual sessions per calendar year. Your GP will do an assessment and refer you to an appropriate service, psychologist, counsellor, social worker etc to meet your or your child(ren)’s specific needs.  

 

Brighter Futures Program
Phone: 40 149 300

Provides early intervention programs to families with children aged under 9years. Promoting healthy child development, strengthening resilience in families, overcoming challenges when dealing with difficulties in your family. Also providing quality child care, case management, quality children’s services, structured home visiting, parenting programs and brokerage funds. Eligible families include those who have or are experiencing:

  • Domestic violence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Mental health issues
  • Families requiring parenting skills

 

Child and Family Health Team
Harker Building, Longworth Avenue, Wallsend. 2287
Phone: 49 246 190/ 49 246 400
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm

Provides health services for Children aged 2 to 12 years. Services include:

  • Child counselling
  • Family therapy for complex behavioural issues
  • Individual and group programs
  • Assessments and consultations for range of health and emotional issues. 

Referrals are accepted from a wide range of health, welfare and education workers. 


Headspace Newcastle
582 Hunter Street, Newcastle. 2300.
Phone: 02 49 294 201
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
headspacenewcastle@hunterprimarycare.com.au

Headspace provides information and support regarding a wide range of issues for young people and their families when times are tough. They can provide counselling, mental health support and services, access to doctors, youth programs, work & study services, alcohol & drug services provided by youth friendly professionals. 

 

Hunter Women’s Centre
60 Industrial Drive, Mayfield 2304. 
admin@hwc.org.au
Phone: 02 49 682 511
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

The Hunter Women's Centre provides women’s groups and workshops: 

Domestic Violence Educational and Support Groups: personal boundaries, self-esteem, communication and assertiveness, workshops for families and friends of someone experiencing domestic violence, as well as many other empowering topics.
Counselling: For women on issues that may be impacting on their lives including domestic violence, healing and support to enhance individual women’s physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.
Complimentary Health Services: To enhance women’s wellbeing

 

Interrelate Counselling Services
495 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300.
Phone: 02 40 160 550
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings
http://www.interrelate.org.au/

Interrelate provides one-to-one counselling, couples and family counselling, mediation and dispute resolution, specialist counselling services to Aboriginal people and people with disabilities. They also run programs relating to domestic violence, parenting, rebuilding after separation, anger management, self-esteem, communication etc. Concessions available

 


National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselling Service
1800RESPECT Help line 

Call: 1800 737 732    
http://www.1800respect.org.au

Provides information, support and confidential counselling delivered by qualified, experienced professionals 24-hours a day, seven days a week for people who have experienced Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault 

 

Relationships Australia
4 Heddon Road, Broadmeadow 2292
Phone: 02 49 401 500    
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
http://www.relationships.com.au
 

Relationships Australia provides:

  • On-line counselling
  • Face-to-face counselling for women, women and their partners
  • Specialist Aboriginal counselling
  • Workshops for women and children who have experienced domestic violence
  • Anger Workshops.

 

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