Are you affected by family violence?
Women and children are primarily the victims of family violence, and the safety of you and your children is of paramount importance to us. Family violence includes physical abuse (pushing, hitting, slapping, smashing things), verbal abuse (put downs, name calling, shouting, threatening) and using power in unfair ways. Some of the effects of family violence can include fear, anger and shame as well as physical injury.
If you are experiencing the impact of any of these behaviours, please contact us.
CatholicCare Tasmania provides specialised family violence counselling and support programs for any affected family member.
Services include individual counselling and group programs.
Group programs include:
CatholicCare Kid's Club - CKC
PARKAS (Parents Accepting Resonsibility Kids are Safe)
A program for children who have experienced family violence. It is an intensive group program that consists of two parts; an after school session for the children followed by a session for the non abusive parent the next day. In the group the children have the opportunity to talk about and process their experiences and are helped to find ways to deal with the accompanying emotions.
This is done with a variety of activities and games as well as group discussions, and includes a lot of fun times. It is also beneficial for the children to realise that other children have experienced similar difficulties.
The parents do the same activities as the children and information is shared between groups to allow the parents to more fully understand the experience from their child’s perspective. All too often children have heard of, and are aware of, more of the family violence than their parents realise, and this provides the child with the opportunity to share this with their parent. It isessential for the parents to be committed to their sessions, not just those for the children.
This group is run for different age groups at different times, and when no group is available individual counselling can be offered, and names can be put on a waiting list.
Choosing A More Enlightened Option - CAMEO
The CAMEO (Choosing A More Enlightened Option) group is an eight week program for women who have experienced family violence. The programprovides information and develops awareness of the short and long-term effects that living with an abusive partner can have on the women themselves and on their children. Each session covers a different topic including safety, parenting, stress, guilt and grief. The aim of the program is to provide a safe and supportive environment so that women can explore their past and current situations and make more informed decisions about their future.