Defence Family Matters : December 2015
DFMDecember2015 F amily violence is very much on our minds this year. The announcement of Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year, the reporting of the number of women killed by those close to them, and the emphasis governments at all levels are placing on combating violence have all contributed to our awareness of this issue. Government departments have a number of programs which offer assistance and support to those affected by family violence. The Defence Family Helpline, operated by DCO, offers 24-hour information, assessment and referrals and assistance in crisis situations to ADF members and their families. Helpline staff understand the uniqueness of each situation and can offer support to meet the family’s circumstances. The Department of Human Services has a range of support and referral services for individuals affected by family and domestic violence. These include referrals to external providers to assist with emergency accommodation and longer term housing, crisis payments, and referrals to health and legal services. Staff are well-equipped to help people at risk and offer information, resources and support. Department of Human Services social worker Andrea Mills said the earlier people can get support, the better. “Last year, the department’s social workers nationally received nearly 50,000 referrals where family and domestic violence was an issue,” Andrea said. “In my everyday work I see women and children living in fear, who have had to leave everything behind — their homes, their families, their jobs — everything they know and love. “Nobody should have to live in fear. If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, I urge you to call the national family and domestic counselling service on 1800RESPECT.” www.humanservices.gov. au/enough Defence Family Helpline 1800 624 608 19 MENSLINE AUSTRALIA PROVIDES ONLINE SUPPORT, INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES FOR MEN WITH FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP CONCERNS. THE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AUSTRALIA WIDE AND STAFFED BY PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLORS. MEN SEEKING SUPPORT SHOULD CALL 1300 789 978 OR VISIT WWW.MENSLINE.ORG.AU IT’S TIME TO SAY “ENOUGH” DEFENCE FAMILY HELPLINE AND DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES FINDING A WAY OUT OF FAMILY VIOLENCE CAN BE A DIFFICULT PATH, BUT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE.