Safe, Thriving and Connected (STC) is a therapeutic family violence recovery program for victim/survivors of family violence in the Loddon Campaspe area. 

Safe, Thriving & Connected

STC is delivered by the Loddon Gender Equality and Violence Prevention Consortium, which is made up of the Centre for Non-Violence, Annie North Women’s Refuge, Cobaw Community Health Centre, Centre Against Sexual Assault Central Victoria, and Women’s Health Loddon Mallee.

STC provides a range of trauma-informed and evidenced based therapeutic services to support recovery from family violence. This includes individual counselling, dyad (parent/child) counselling and therapeutic groupwork.

Eligibility / Referral Guidelines

Clients that meet the following guidelines are eligible for the Safe, Thriving & Connected program. 

Experience of Family Violence

Adults, children, and young people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced family violence.

No Imminent Risk

Safe from serious and imminent risk of family violence.

Suitable for Regular Therapy

Have stable living conditions and can commit to regular therapeutic sessions.

Case Management Not Required 

STC does not provide case management and will not accept referrals for clients with unmet risk management, housing, drug and alcohol or other case management needs. Where possible, please provide a completed MARAM risk assessment with consent from clients.

Secure Online

Complete a secure online referral here:

Adult Referral

Child / Young Person Referral

Mandated Referral

Self Referral

Service Locations

STC clinicians are based at the Centre for Non-Violence, Annie North Women’s Refuge, Cobaw Community Health Centre, and Centre Against Sexual Assault Central Victoria.

Appointments are offered in Bendigo, Echuca, Castlemaine, Macedon Ranges, Maryborough and Kyabram.

For any clients who face obstacles in attending face-to-face appointments, we can arrange remote therapeutic sessions including via phone and video.

Guiding Principles

Safety is at the core of our work, with therapeutic supports integrated within specialist family violence risk assessment and safety responses.

We ensure perpetrators are in view and accountable, utilising Safe and Together and MARAM frameworks.

We are committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive service to all victim/survivors of family violence. STC welcomes people from all communities, including those who identify as LGBTIQ+. Interpreters are available for culturally and linguistically diverse community members.

We support victim/survivors to reclaim their sense of self, tell their story in strengthening ways, repair parent/child relationships ruptured by family violence, and increase feelings of solidarity and connection with others.


Information for Referring Agencies

Detailed overview of guidelines, services, referral pathways, principles, and contact details.

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We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters where we work. We pay our respects to Elders and community members past and present.

The Safe Thriving and Connected program is supported by the Victorian Government.

STC is delivered by the Loddon Gender Equality and Violence Prevention Consortium: Centre for Non-Violence (lead agency); Annie North Women’s Refuge and Domestic Violence Service; Women’s Health Loddon Mallee; Centre Against Sexual Assault Central Victoria; and Cobaw Community Health.