Domestic and family violence counselling - We're here to help you.

Face-to-face and/or phone service for ALL women inclusive of religion, identity, ability, sexuality, social background or culture.

Yemaya Women's Support Service is not a crisis service.

Individual Support

We are available for women to talk about domestic or family violence issues by phone or face to face at our service or another safe place.  You have a choice about how often this happens, what you talk about, what your goals are, and whether you want to continue. We can also:

  • help you look at your options
  • help explore your feelings, fears and doubts
  • help you understand what is happening to you when you are with someone who
    uses violence to control a relationship
  • help you to understand the effects of trauma on your mind and body
  • give information about other services in the community

Group Work

We regularly run support groups. These are a safe place for women to share their experiences and talk over issues including: what is domestic/family violence, the cycle of abuse, the impact and effects of violence in particular violence against women and children, your rights, and finding hope.

The Shark Cage Group Program

This is an eight week supportive and informative group for women who have experienced family violence or sexual abuse in their lives. It is based on a human rights approach of education, empowerment and healing for women who are at risk of  family/domestic violence or sexual assault.

The main goals of the program are:

To increase:

  • Knowledge of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Capacity to set boundaries
  • Skills in assertive communication
  • Awareness of the impacts of abuse
  • Ability to care for and be kind to self
  • Connection to feelings
  • A sense of self worth
  • Connection to body
  • Belief in entitlement to rights
  • Ability to recognise a potentially abusive person and
  • To decrease any feelings of self-blame for the abuse experienced 

What women have told us after coming to a program

'I learned about conversational control and how to use assertive communication'

'I was able to talk openly about my experiences without fear of judgement and I was validated, it was a very supportive group'

'I feel stronger' & I am more aware of my rights'

'I realised there was a “shark” circling me. I can recognise those people more easily'

'It was great to listen to other people’s stories'

' I am thankful for this course, I felt safe, valued and understood'

'Everyone should learn these things at school'

We are confidential

This means that no information about you is given to anyone outside Yemaya agency without your consent except in cases when mandatory reporting is required. A worker will explain this along with your rights.

Community Education

We can speak to community groups and schools about domestic or family violence and our service. This could be a short information session or a longer program tailored for the audience and situation. 

We can also partner with other groups to provide the Shark Cage Program in the community. 

Please phone or email us to talk about this more.

Family violence support services

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