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Family Violence Support

Our Vision

Safety, equality and opportunity for all people.

Our Mission

To promote respectful relationships through services which enhance the safety, autonomy and wellbeing of women and children.

Our Values

  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Trust

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 and attacks their dignity and self-respect.

Our approach is based on the understanding that:
  • Although men also experience violence in family or intimate relationships, it is overwhelmingly women and children who are victims of relationship violence and most often at the hands of a male partner or family member.
  • Violence and abuse is deliberate and a choice on the part of the abuser. It is not about 'losing control'.
  • Victims of abuse and violence always resist. That is, they do many things to oppose the abuse and to keep their dignity and their self-respect. For instance, a woman may try to leave the house even though her partner has forbidden her to go. Knowing this some men will try to stop this resistance by taking her car keys and purse.
  • Because violence and abuse can be very dangerous, victims resist in ways that may not be obvious and their acts of resistance often go unnoticed. When we focus on women and children's responses to abuse we honour their resistance, knowledge and strengths.
  • We use our resources and knowledge together with women and children's knowledge and strengths so that women and children may feel and be safe, have control over their life and feel valued and respected.

Who we support

WRISC supports:

  • Women and children affected by family violence from a partner, parent, or other family member or Aboriginal kinship or community relationship.
  • Women and children of all ages, backgrounds and spiritual or religious beliefs.
  • Women with a disability.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse women and children.
  • Women who choose to remain with their partner who is using violence and women who have left or wish to leave.
  • Women of all sexual orientations as well as transgender women and intersex women.
  • Women and children who are currently being affected by family violence and who have been affected by it in the past.

Find Support
Emergency & support phone numbers
Support those affected by family violence
Contact Us
Call us on
(03) 5333 3666
Wrisc Family Violence Support