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If you or someone you know is at risk of or experiencing family violence, please call Orange Door on 1800 312 820 or get in touch with us at Wathaurong by calling 5277 0044 or email email@example.com. Our business hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. If you need emergency support outside these hours, please contact Safe Steps 24/7 hotline on 1800 015 188, or call Victoria Police on 000 in an emergency.
Every human being has a right to be safe and live the life they choose, but for many people, this right has been taken from them by family violence.
As of 2017, Aboriginal women are 35 times more likely to be admitted to hospital due to domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women and are similarly over-represented in deaths caused by family violence. This is caused by a complex array of factors, including the ongoing legacy of colonisation, intergenerational trauma, alcohol and other drugs, and poverty.
We offer services to support families experiencing family violence, and we provide this support with an understanding of cultural needs. For example, families who have suffered under Stolen Generation actions often have parenting styles that are not accepted in the mainstream. Also, Aboriginal women often don’t report violence, sometimes fearing negative repercussions from police, a loss of privacy in small communities and the death of men in custody.
Our services understand these issues and offer appropriate support in relation to safety, housing, trauma, health, child development, social inclusion and anything else needed.
Willingness to engage with case management and planning towards freedom from violence and security in housing
A current Intervention Order
If Intervention Order is not in place, individual/family must be willing to actively seek this and support to achieve this can be provided by case worker.
Positive steps/intentions to move away from current situation through creation of, and engagement in support plan around housing needs
Victims/survivors at highest risk from Family Violence
Victims/survivors whose safety & security needs along with independent living goals can reasonably be met through a flexible support package
Victims/survivors who are experiencing significant financial hardship
Introduced in 2006 as part of the Victorian Homelessness Strategy, Aboriginal Tenants at Risk Program (ATAR) provides housing support for Indigenous tenants both public or community managed housing across Victoria. ATAR aims to support and resolve difficulties people are experiencing with rent and disputes between household members or neighbour’s that place tenancies at risk. Households are supported to stabilise their housing and retain their tenancies rather than leave the property or risk eviction.
Tenants who reside in both Public and Community managed housing across Victoria, including limited support to private rental clients are eligible to receive support from the ATAR program.
Tenants can self-refer to the ATAR Program by calling Wathaurong on 03 5277 044, or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide limited financial support
Work with tenants to help them maintain their tenancies.
Assist clients at VCAT hearings
Advocate to resolve rent issues
Advocate to resolve issues between household members or neighbor’s
Advocate between Landlords and Tenants
Liaise with Aboriginal Housing Victoria and Office of Housing
Referral to other Wathaurong Services and Programs
Private rental refers to a private tenancy agreement under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
Some marginal tenures, including caravan parks and rooming houses, are included under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. PRAP service providers must ensure that there is a formal private tenancy agreement in place. PRAP service providers must work with households to ensure these forms of housing are appropriate and a long term option and are not used as an emergency response.
PRAP is a preventative intervention that provides holistic support to households experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It should be delivered in a flexible manner, to provide support and practical assistance that is tailored to the needs of each household.
Rapidly rehousing people capable of sustaining private rental after initial support.
Supporting at risk households to sustain affordable and appropriate housing in the private rental market.
Assisting people who currently live in crisis, transitional or social housing to become independent in the private rental market.
The team continues to work to engage local community to attend weekly yarning circles, Men’s behaviour change programs, and provide residential support services.
We look forward to continuing the work in this space to promote engagement, health and wellbeing and ultimately reduce the use of violence in the community.
Call the Orange Door on 1800 312 820 during business hours for a referral to Wathaurong Family Violence Services.