Subscribe to our mailing list
Decrease text size Default text size Increase text size
Print this page

  • Family Violence Support
  • Family Violence Support
  • Family Violence Support



  • Thursday night bingo at Hop Temple, Ballarat.  Thursday night is bingo night at Hop Temple, and WRISC Family Violence Support has been nominated to receive proceeds for the month of September.  Dates are September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.  Eyes down 7:30pm.  Participation by gold coin donation per round.  Table bookings are advisable.  Full details can be found here.  


WRISC has a new Facebook page.  Find us here.


WEAVE is a therapeutic educational group for women who have or are currently experiencing family violence.  The group is facilitated by WRISC and Ballarat Community Health.

Where:  Cooinda, Ballarat Community Health, 10 Learmonth Rd, Wendouree
When: 17 October - 5 December, 2016 (8 weeks)
Time: 10am - 12 noon Monday morning

***Information Session - Monday October 10, 10am - 12 noon***

For full details, read the information flyer here.



WRISC is currently recruiting enthusiastic and committed volunteers to fill the Reception/Administration role:

  •  1pm - 5pm shifts available
  •  Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook essential
  • Working With Children Check (WWCC) required

For further information, please contact Sandra on 5333 3666, Monday - Wednesday.

WRISC is looking for volunteers who  are able to commit on a medium to long term basis.

WRISC, in collaboration with BADAC, is proud to release  series of powerful video clips

WRISC, in collaboration with BADAC (Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-op), and with the support of the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiatives Fund, have produced a powerful series of video clips around the theme of family violence. 

These videos were developed through listening and building on stories and artwork, from both adults and children.  Some videos feature an adult's experience of family violence, and others feature a child's experience of family violence.

The videos were produced by Silverpod Productions.

Please share these clips to spread the message.

The videos can be viewed here.


WRISC's response to report and recommendations

The Royal Commission into Family Violence released its report on March 29 with a list of 227 recommendations which the Victorian State Government has stated it will implement in full.  Speaking on behalf of WRISC, Executive Officer Libby Jewson says she welcomes all the recommendations.  A key theme running through the report is the need for organisations to work together and coordinate their responses to family violence in order to provide optimum support to women and their children.  Libby says WRISC looks forward to the opportunity to respond to the Royal Commission's recommendations together with other organisations in the Central Highlands region.

In order to transform the way we respond to family violence in Victoria, new ways of thinking and collaborating will be required.  New approaches need to be guided by and take into account the following:

· Reflecting the experience of victims

· A more sustained focus on supporting children and young people

· All services must be responsive to victims' needs

· Services must work better together

· A sustained focus on effective perpetrator interventions

· Moving beyond a crisis response

· Family violence must be a core area of responsibility for government

· Development and use of technological solutions

· Harnessing community effort

Another key theme running through the Royal Commission's report is that both prevention of and response to family violence is the responsibility of the whole Victorian  community.  For too long, family violence has been regarded as a private matter, hidden behind closed doors and the responsibility of the individuals involved.  The Royal Commission has at last put it to the Victorian community  that we all bear responsibility  for challenging, and ultimately changing, the underlying values, beliefs and behaviours that underpin family violence, and fully supporting the needs of women and their children as they navigate their journey forward from living with family violence.  It is heartening to see the Victorian State Government backing up its support of the recommendations with an initial injection of funds of half a billion dollars. 


One Million Stars Project

Click here to find out more about One Million Stars project in Ballarat 2015
Click here One Million Stars Website

WRISC Family Violence Support

WRISC exists to change the lives of women and children affected by family violence.

Violence (or abuse) can take many forms and includes:
  • isolating from family and friends
  • controlling access to money or how it is spent
  • name calling, belittling and putdowns
  • making all the decisions and controlling what she does
  • preventing practicing of cultural or spiritual beliefs
  • intimidation
  • making threats
  • physically harming
  • sexualised violence

We believe that everyone has the right to be safe, to be treated equally and to have access to the same opportunities as everyone else. We know that violence of any kind denies people these rights.

WRISC helps to provide safety, support, information, advocacy, children's counselling, court support, and case management. We provide services across the Central Highlands region of Victoria, and our service is free and confidential.

"Victorian workplace...
24 August 2016
"Family violence: f...
23 August 2016
"300 new homes for f...
31 July 2016
WRISC acknowledges the traditional owners of this land - their elders past and present, and is committed to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through respectful relationships and providing culturally safe and appropriate services.
Find Support
Emergency & support phone numbers
Support those affected by family violence
Contact Us
Call us on
(03) 5333 3666
Wrisc Family Violence Support