Specialist Family Violence Program

Wayss can provide safe accommodation and support services for women and their children experiencing family violence.

What we do?

The Specialist Family Violence Program provides family violence support and case management to women and their children experiencing family violence, including safety planning and assistance to address risks

 

The Family Violence Outreach Program provides:

  • Safety planning and risk management
  • Advocacy and liaison with police, courts and legal services
  • Referrals to counselling and fines support
  • Assistance with tenancy and lease issues and housing
  • Funding referrals for Family Violence Flexible Support Packages
  • Children’s case management support
  • Support to work towards goals to live a life free from violence

Who can access the services?

Women and their children who are residing within the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey, Cardinia Shire and Bayside Peninsula.

How can you access the services?

Women and their children can be referred to the Specialist Family Violence Program by external services, or by contacting Wayss.

To find out more contact the Family Violence team at Wayss.

Children’s Support

The Wayss children’s workers provide dedicated case management support to children. This support also includes providing advocacy and support with school enrolments and child-specific needs.  Children’s Case Workers can also assist with the following:
  • Accessing material aid for children such as books, clothing,
  • Referral to child specific services ie counselling
  • Parent consultations regarding behavioural management, adolescent development, effects of family violence on children, sleep problems, nightmares, body issues, confidence and self- esteem, anxiety and depression

Wayss in the 1990s

Then in September 1997 the organisation became WAYSS Limited with a Board of Directors and day to day management by the Chief Executive Officer.

Wayss underwent further transformation with the restructure of community housing and the funding of the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program. The Regional Housing Council ceased operation and transferred direct service operations to Wayss in 1997.

During this decade Wayss became responsible for the then South East Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service. Funding was also received to establish a Children’s Services Worker within the outreach service. SAAP funded Women’s Outreach Program was also transferred to Wayss in 1999.