Keeping Safe Together is a new, whole of family therapeutic program for families who have been impacted by family violence and are living in the Melton and Wyndham local government areas.
The program is free of cost and supports all members of the family, including men, to minimise risk and harm to women and children. The program works closely with families so they can recover from the impact of family violence, heal and live free from violence and control.
Keeping Safe Together is delivered by LifeWorks in partnership Women’s Health West and supported by the Victorian Government.
Which families can access the program?
A variety of families can be referred and gain access to the program, including:
- families living in the Melton and Wyndham local government areas
- families where both parents are willing to engage and participate
- families with children
- same sex families
- families who want to stay together
- separated families who wish to improve their co-parenting.
How does the program help families?
Working with every member of the family and as a unit, means we can tailor our supports in a very unique and targeted way. When a family is referred to the program we meet with them to understand their hopes, goals and wants for the family unit moving forward. A program is then designed and may include:
- supporting mothers to keep themselves and their children safe when they choose to remain with their partner
- work with fathers to end the violence and keep their partner and children safe
- work with the whole family to develop goals they wish to achieve as a family
- support parents and children individually to improve family functioning, heal, recover and work towards a life free from violence
- work with separated families to build healthy co-parenting arrangements
- support the unique needs of same sex families.
What type of support is available?
The Keeping Safe Together team will use a range of tools to emotionally and practically support families to reach their goals. This may include:
- information and education on parenting and the impact of violence
- formulating and documenting family goal seeting
- face-to-face home visits
- one-on-one specialist therapeutic support for family members
- facilitated family group sessions
- access to group work programs
- access to flexible after hours support
- coordinated referral to other support services
- access to material aid
- hands-on practical support.
How do I make an appointment or refer a family?
Keeping Safe Together program is available to assist families from:
9am-5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and
11.30am-7.30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
To find out more information or to make a referral please call the Keeping Safe Together team on 9448 5650
Download a copy of the Keeping Safe Together flier for your organisation/waiting room here.
Program lead agencies are LifeWorks and Women’s Health West
with partnership support from:
The program is made possible through the support of the Victorian Government.