Supporting Young Women

Women and children who are experiencing family violence can access a series of support services that help them live free from the threat of abuse, providing safety in moments of crisis and supporting them to make lasting positive changes.

Centre for Non-Violence is a central intake point for Family Violence Police Referrals within the Loddon Campaspe region, and we offer assessment, support, accommodation and case management for women and children.

Our programs

Our programs include support for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, such as single young women (between the ages of 15 and 25) who have children or are pregnant; women with alcohol and other drug issues, women with disabilities and rural women.

You will be allocated a key worker to liaise with you, in order to reduce the number of times that you have to repeat your “story”. If at any time that worker is unavailable to meet your needs, another team member will respond.

Outreach and Court Support

We provide court support outreach to women experiencing family violence in all courts in the Loddon Area. Court support reduces the fear and confusion often experienced by women attending court for family violence matters and works towards increased safety for them and their children.

Case Management for Aboriginal Women and Children

CNV provides a culturally informed family violence response to Aboriginal women and their children experiencing family violence in partnership with the Bendigo District Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC). Aboriginal women may access culturally appropriate supports and services at either the BDAC or CNV sites.

“Future” women’s family violence support group

Our support group offers women the opportunity to share their experience of family violence with other women in a safe and supportive environment. The groups run on a schedule of eight sessions for two and a half hours, and are held during school terms. Financial support for childcare is provided.

Access to Private Rental Brokerage

We assist women who have experienced family violence to access long term affordable accommodation in the private rental market. Our program provides eligible women with a brokerage rent payment/subsidy and case management support, helping them to establish a new home and building up a solid rental history in the private market.

Family Violence Flexible Support Packages (FVFSP)

We provide financial packages for women in the Loddon Area who have experienced family violence. The financial packages are targeted to women who are escaping or have recently experienced family violence and can be used for removal costs, housing, furniture and white goods, transport and security measures.

Risk Assessment Management Panel (RAMP)

We are one of 17 organisations across Victoria who coordinate a Risk Assessment and Management Panel (RAMP) at a local level. A RAMP is a formally convened meeting of nine key agencies and organisations that contribute to the safety of women and children experiencing serious threat from family violence through information sharing, risk assessment and action planning.

The RAMP practice framework was developed at a statewide level and determines the membership as follows:

Data collected helps identify regional and state-wide service trends within the family violence sector and affiliated services, particularly in relation to service gaps and areas noted for improvement to reduce serious and imminent risk of harm to vulnerable women and children in our community.

The RAMP practice framework was developed at a state-wide level and determines the membership as follows:

  • Victoria Police (Co-Chair)
  • Specialist women’s family violence service (Co-Chair)
  • Child Protection
  • Office of Housing
  • Clinical mental health
  • Clinical alcohol and drug
  • Corrections Victoria
  • AnglicareVic
  • Men's Behaviour Change programs
  • RAMP Coordinator employed by CNV.

"Group has been life changing for me on so many levels. I’ve gained valuable insight and self-awareness. I have learned so much about what is acceptable behaviour and what is not for me. I took away the knowledge to make different choices for myself." - Future Group Participant