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What is a Women and Children's Refuge?

The Women’s Refuge provides safe, secure accommodation for women and their children who are homeless or escaping domestic violence. The role of the Refuge is to provide accommodation, immediate protection from the violence and emotional support.

 

What other services does the Women and Children's Refuge offer?

When women and their children first arrive at the Refuge they are made to feel welcome by the qualified staff, who have expertise in supporting women and their children with their immediate issues/needs.

While staying at the Refuge each client is assigned a Case Worker, who assists the client with her short and long term goals. A Case Plan is implemented in conjunction with the client. This allows  the client direction/focus to achieve their goals, with the support from the Case Worker.

With written permission from the client, the client can be referred to other agencies that could assist her with such issues as legal matters, housing, cultural and linguistic needs, health matters, assistance to reclaim her personal belongings, attending court, returning to her home, finding exit housing and re-locating to another Refuge.

Child Support Workers are available to support and work with children both at the Refuge and as outreach clients within the community. School holiday programmes are implemented throughout the year. A domestic violence support group for children aged 8-12 years, called 426 Club, is run also during the year.

Outreach Support is available to provide continual support for women and their children after they have left the Refuge.

 

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is any form of abusive behaviour that one person uses to establish and maintain control over another. Domestic violence takes on many different forms:

  • Physical Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Verbal  Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Social Control (often isolation)
  • Financial Control
  • Spiritual Control
  • Stalking and Harassment
  • Threats and other intimidation

Domestic violence occurs in all types of relationships

Domestic Violence can occur within all relationships of a personal nature, including heterosexual, marital, de facto, extended families and ex-relationships.

Domestic Violence IS A CRIME

There are no acceptable excuses, domestic violence is a crime and must be responded to as such.

 

Contact Numbers

Women’s Refuge: 1800 073 388

Domestic Violence Line: 1800 65 64 63 (24 Hrs)

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Forum

On the 14th April 2015 the community came together to discuss their concerns about domestic and family violence in our community.  This forum was organised to raise awareness around the issue of domestic violence and how it impacts on the Tamworth Community.  From the day an ACTION PLAN was put together for the community and service providers to move forward with being proactive in preventing and minimising the impact of domestic and family violence for families in our local community.  Please see the ACTION PLAN below:

Domestic Violence Awareness Forum ACTION PLAN!

 

More information about the Women and Children's Refuge can be found on the following pages. If you can't find what you are looking for, please don't hesitate to contact us on 1800 073 388. 

 

Emergency Contact Numbers

Emergency Contact Numbers Domestic Violence Hotline 24 Hours 1800 656 463 Link2Home 24 Hours 1800 152 152 Tamworth Women and Children's Refuge 24 Hours 1800 073 388 Tamworth Police 24 Hours 02 6768 2999 ...

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Accommodation

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Accommodation What is it like in a Refuge? The refuge provides a clean, comfortable home-like environment where women and their children can feel safe, supported and protected. The Refuge offers communal...

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Child Support

"Heaven is under the feet of mothers". - Muhammad Child Support Our child support worker provides assistance, support and guidance to mothers and their children within the service.  They offer childcare, information on child development, parenting skills, assistance in enrolling...

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Court Support

"Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do". - John Wooden Court Support Tamworth Women and Children's Refuge can provide referrals to the Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.  To find out more information about the Women...

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Groups

"Accept everything about yourself — I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end — no apologies, no regrets." - Clark Moustakas Groups See our events calendar for dates Domestic Violence (DV) Group The Domestic Violence group is held onc...

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Outreach Program

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success".  - Henry Ford Outreach Program The Outreach Case Worker provides support for women, men and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within the community. Me...

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History

History of Tamworth Women’s Refuge Tamworth Women’s Refuge was officially opened on March 1st 1978, after unofficially opening it’s doors in January of that year. This date was only three years after the first Women’s Refuge “Elsie” opened in Sydney. Tamworth was...

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