Family Advocacy
and Support Services

Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) provide access to legal information and advocacy for women and their children experiencing family violence.

Wayss supports the FASS program through a Specialist Family Violence Worker who is located at the Dandenong Family Law Court. Other services are based at Melbourne Family Law Court.

 

What we do?

The Specialist Family Violence FASS worker provides assistance to women and their children who have experienced family violence to access information and advocacy in relation to family law proceedings.

At FASS, women are supported with:

  • Access legal advice regarding family law matters from duty lawyers
  • Receive information and advocacy regarding family law proceedings
  • Referrals to appropriate support services
  • Safety planning and risk assessment
  • Links to other court services

Who can access FASS?

This service is for families who are affected by family violence, who have commenced or are looking to commence family law proceedings.

How can you access FASS?

Attend either the Dandenong or Melbourne Family Law Court and ask to speak with the FASS Information Referral Officer.

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.