Family Violence

Counselling for Women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Our qualified psychologist provides counselling to women who have experienced, are experiencing or who are at risk of experiencing family violence.

We also facilitate therapeutic group programs so women can better understand the impact of family violence on themselves and their children, Family Law and the services that are available to assist them. Our groups are designed to increase participant’s self-esteem and empower them to make choices to ensure their, and their children’s, safety.

To make a referral please download the Referral Proforma and Email the completed form to mic@miceastmelb.com.au. Please ensure that the client consents for the information to be given to the MIC.

For more information download our Family Violence Brochure (English), Family Violence Brochure_CHINESE, Family Violence Brochure FARSI.

Talking Can Help

Talking about problems with our professional staff can help.

We will help you to:

  • identify your goals, build on your strengths and understand the choices that are available to you
  • understand Family Law in Australia and the services that are available to support you and your children.

We can meet in a place where you feel safe and we will protect your privacy.

If required, we can assist you to access other services, including going with you to your first appointment if you need our support.

For further information please contact us.

See our Privacy Statement (English).

See our Privacy Statement (Chinese).

See our Privacy statement (Farsi).

See our Privacy Statement (Hakha Chin).

Also see our research and family violence project reports.

This programme is supported by the Victorian Government.

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Family Relationships Programs

Migrating to a new country can be stressful particularly for refugee families who have experienced trauma. The new culture can be very different from their country of origin which can impact on the traditional roles of men, women and children.

Utilising a psycho-educational approach, our qualified psychologist assists group participants to identify and challenge cultural values and attitudes towards family issues, build respectful relationships, enhance self-esteem and teach conflict resolution without using family violence.

For further information or to make a referral, please contact us.

See our client feedback.

Respectful Relationships Programs

In partnership with The Workshop and Therapeutic Engagement Support Services Association (TESSA) and Victoria Police, Respectful Relationships Programs are delivered to refugee youth aged 12 to 15 years old to increase their knowledge of respectful relationships within an Australian cultural and legal context and to challenge traditional beliefs about the roles of men and women that reinforce gender inequality, male domination and violence against women.

This particular age range was chosen on the basis that early intervention before attitudes are formed is more successful in achieving a shift in traditional gender modelling in the long run. Further, newly arrived refugee youth in this age range have generally not started displaying adolescent risk behaviour and as a result, are more receptive to new ideas and ways of relating to each other.

The Respectful Relationships Program includes mixed sessions that covers what is meant by respectful relationships in an Australian context and Family Law, alcohol and drug abuse and sexual behaviours. The sessions targeted at males focus on strategies for better self-control and anger management and the sessions for females assists participant’s to build self-esteem, and increase their knowledge and encourage them to access support if they do experience family violence whether it occurs in their relationships or their family.

For further information or to make a referral, please contact us.

See our client feedback.

Education on Family Law

MIC staff trained by Victoria Legal Aid provide the Settled and Safe Program to educate newly arrived refugees on Family Violence Laws, Child Protection Laws in relation to family violence and Family Law in relation to separation and divorce.

Using a narrative approach, participants develop a culturally appropriate scenario of family conflict that leads to family violence and police intervention. Each session builds on the story to cover all aspects of Family Law.

For further information or to make a referral, please contact us.

See our client feedback.