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Family Violence Support

History

  • 1988
    • WRISC begins operation at 22 East St. managed by the Central Highlands Women's Collective, funded by Community Services Victoria under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Sub-Programme "Women's Emergency Services Program (WESP)"
  • 1989
    • "Women's Waves" radio program every Thursday on 3BBB.
  • 1990
    • DV Roadshow education campaign commences.
    • "Who Dares, Cares" - Young Women's Group commences.
    • Ballarat Lesbian Support & Social Group commences.
    • WRISC becomes the only "women's only" space in Ballarat.
  • 1991
    • Women's Resource Guide first published
    • Workshops for young women about self-esteem and assertiveness (WRISC & Ballarat East Community House)
  • 1993
    • Crisis Accommodation Program (CAP) established. Dept of Planning & Development purchases CAP House on behalf of WRISC.
    • WRISC moves to 119 Lyons Street North, Ballarat
    • International Day Against Violence Against Women" - Silent vigil
  • 1994
    • 'Reclaim the Night' march with WRISC & CASA
  • 1995
    • Expanded hours - 9am - 5:30pm Tuesday to Friday
  • 1996
    • WRISC becomes global through www.wrisc.ballarat.net.au
  • 1997
    • WRISC open 5 days a week
    • Outreach to shires of Hepburn, Moorabool, Pyrenees and Golden Plains.
  • 1999
    • Commencement of SAFE program, after-hours family violence support.
    • Children's worker commenced at WRISC
  • 2003
    • First worker for the newly funded Indigenous Program.
  • 2006
    • Structural change to the organisation. Program Manager employed for the first time.
    • Indigenous Worker commences
  • 2007
    • Decision to have a Board of Governance that would control & manage the affairs of the CHWC


  • 2009
    • QICSA accreditation successfully completed
  • 2010
    • March - purchase of 125 Eureka Street, Ballarat
  • 2011
    • January - Relocation to refurbished 125 Eureka Street
    • Establishment of a volunteer program for reception/administration
    • Senior Family Violence Support Worker position created and filled
  • 2012
    • Launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
    • Establishment of an Indigenous Trainee Position
  • 2013
    • One DHS & ASES accreditation successfully completed.
    • Additional Children's Counsellor employed
  • 2014
    • August - Beginning of development three year Strategic Plan : 2015 to 2018
    • November - Full Board elected at Annual General Meeting
  • 2015
  • 2016
    • WRISC Organisation Chart - 2016
    • February - Accreditation successfully completed - WRISC assessed as fully satisfying all standards by QIP (Quality Innovation Performance).  WRISC's performance assessed against 2 sets of standards being:  1. Human Services Standards, Health & Human Services, Victoria and 2. Australian Service Excellence Standards - Certificate Level
    • March 29 - Royal Commission into Family Violence tables its report containing 227 recommendations
    • April - Victorian Government pledges half a billion dollars as a "down payment" to begin implementing the Royal Commission's recommendations in full
    • November - Victorian Government releases 10 year plan - "Ending Family Violence  Victoria's Plan for Change" 
    • December 19 - Relocation to larger premises at 205 Dana St in the Ballarat CBD necessitated by an increase demand for WRISC's services and a corresponding increase in staff numbers
  • 2017
    • January - Full time worker located in Bacchus Marsh
    • May - Van Go submission successful - Located in Bacchus Marsh, Van Go is a new experimental model with mobile therapy vans taking servies to children affected by family violence





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