Domestic and Family Violence

 

Community Northern Beaches Domestic and Family Violence Service

Domestic and Family Violence

We strongly believe that everyone of us has the right to be safe and live free of violence, power or control. This is why our Domestic Violence Service proactively and holistically supports those affected by all forms of domestic and family violence.

Services provided include:

  • Support and advocacy
  • Practical help and safety planning
  • Legal and Tenancy Advice
  • Financial Advice
  • Centrelink outreach
  • Assessment and referral to crisis accommodation services
  • Counselling
  • ADVO and Court support
  • Building Blocks women’s support group
  • Material Aid (clothing, toiletries, food, bedding etc.)
  • Free internet and phone access

Our operating hours are 10am-3pm. If you need to speak to someone urgently in an emergency please use the contacts below:

1800RESPECT

1800 737 732 (free call)

24 hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Call toll-free 1800 737 732.

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Domestic

Police and Ambulance

000

Dial 000 in an emergency and in cases of immediate danger.

Lifeline

13 11 14

Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State.
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call lifeline

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Family and Child

 

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Family and Child

Targeted Early Intervention

Our Family and Child Manager regularly partners with local organisations to provide programs and interventions that are designed to cater for specific needs surrounding parenting and issues that children may face growing up.

The Family and Child Manager works towards prevention because, as reputable research now suggests, intervening in children’s earlier years has a significantly positive impact on the developmental journey of life.

Programs change regularly throughout the year. Current programs being offered are a Supported Playgroup, a Respectful Relationships Program for high school students, Community Yoga, Youth Mentoring and Beyond The Gloves Boxing/Mentoring Program for 12 – 18-year-old girls.

We have a range of other programs that we are working to implement, including Loss and Grief Work with Children and Young People, The Bump program, a single parent’s support group and Multisports activities for teenagers.

We wish to be responsive to community needs so if there are any programs that you think we should create or facilitate, please email or telephone us. Perhaps you have an idea or program that you would like to work on with us?

Multicultural

 

MULTICULTURAL

We aim to help migrants and refugees transition into life on the Northern Beaches as easily as possible, particularly in their first five years of settlement in Australia.

We can assist in a number of areas, including:

  • Case Management

  • Legal advice

  • Personal counselling

  • Applying for and accessing government, health, and financial services

  • Language services

  • Material aid

  • Free computer usage

  • Homework Club for children with English as their second language

  • Social and community programs

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ESL Conversation Project

Earlier this year, it became apparent that although many new Tibetan migrants have completed courses and are now qualified for work, they may not be taken on by employers due to their lack of English skills. Thus, the ESL Conversation programme was born. The programme involves a volunteer being matched with a Tibetan local with the aim of them meeting once per week in a public place to participate in an everyday situation such as having a coffee or shopping. The end goal of this programme is simply to ensure new migrants have enough conversational English to feel confident in a job interview and be able to follow instructions when offered a job. Participants on both sides of this programme find the experience of connecting with one another rewarding. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.

Homeless Outreach

 

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We support anyone experiencing, or at risk of homelessness on the Northern Beaches by providing access to a number of services, including:

  • Information and referral

  • Drop in cafe with free tea and coffee, and fresh food

  • Welfare

  • Material aid

  • Advocacy

  • Legal and tenancy advice

  • Centrelink outreach

  • Counselling

  • Computers with internet access

  • Mobile phone charging

  • Mail address

  • Locker storage

If you are experiencing homelessness, or know of someone who is homeless, please get in contact with us.

Call 02 9977 1066

Out of hours, if you are seeking crisis accommodation, call Link2home 1800 152 152

Partner Services


Partner Services

The following services are available at the centre and are provided by partner organisations and contributors:

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Counselling

Community Northern Beaches offers an array of evidence based best practice treatments in consultation with clients. Each client is unique and requires an individualised plan dependent upon the issues and goals of that person.

Clients types: Adolescents, Adults and Couples

Services Offered: Domestic Violence, Adult survivors of sexual abuse, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Rehabilitation/Injury Counselling, Shyness and Social Skills deficit, Anxiety and phobias, Bullying, Divorce/separation, Life transition and adjustment issues, Relationship counselling, Stress Management, Assertiveness training, Conflict resolution, Grief and loss, Psychosis, Self-esteem and self development, Workplace bullying.

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Legal AId – Family Law Early Intervention Unit

Face to face service every Tuesday. Please call 1800 551 589 to make an appointment.

Free confidential legal advice

Legal Aid solicitors can help you with:

  • What to do when you separate

  • Sorting out where children live and time they spend with other family members

  • Support and legal advice with regard to family violence

  • Making the most of family law mediation services

  • Cases involving your children and FACS

  • Child support matters

  • Linking you to other services

There is no means or merit test.

Consultation by appointment and held weekly on Tuesdays.

For an appointment call 1800 551 589


Centrelink Outreach

Please note that due to the Coronavirus the face to face service will not take place at the Centre until further notice.

In the meantime, please email
CC.COMMUNITY.ENGAGEMENT@humanservices.gov.au, your email will then be directed to your proposed Community Engagement Officer who will then reply to you via phone. Please make sure your direct number is placed in the e mail where the Community Engagement officer can contact you.

Please see below Smart Centre numbers for your information;

Employment services 132850

Youth and students 132490

Families and parents 136150

Disability, sickness and carers 132717

Indigenous call centre 1800136380

Medicare 132011

Child support 131272

Phone self-service 136240

Service Australia Website

Most initial general enquiries can be resolved by accessing the www.servicesaustralia.gov.au website.

You may find the Payment and Service Finder beneficial.

Forms and publications are also available on this website.

The Guide to Australian Government Payments publication (updated quarterly), will give you information regarding payment eligibility and criteria, rates of payment and is a downloadable.

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manly legal service

Free legal advice staffed by private volunteer solicitors.

Co-ordinated by The Law Society of NSW.
Held every Thursday 6.00pm – 8.00pm and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10am – 12 noon.

No appointment necessary

Christmas Shutdown Dates:
concludes 10th December 2020
recommences 14th January 2021

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MANLY BUSINESS CHAMBER

The Manly Chamber is one of the strongest in New South Wales, providing a platform to help members prosper and success through a productive working partnership with all levels of Government and other community organisations.The Chamber acts as the collective voice of businesses and seeks the involvement and participation of a cross section representative to:

  • participate in debates on matters of public importance

  • provide exposure for our members and their businesses

  • encourage the retention of community dollars within Manly to maintain and strengthen a prosperous business climate

  • actively promotes Manly’s attractions and lifestyle with a view to drawing new residents, visitors and tourists

  • pursues objectives and strategies to favour development in Manly

  • recognises the need for links between Chamber, Council and tourism bodies when working towards common goals

  • provide the opportunity for all members to prosper within the Manly region whenever possible.


Drop In

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Cafe Bar

Through the generosity of local bakeries, our Cafe Bar is filled with freshly baked pastries and bread daily. Pop in for some hot tea/coffee and grab a pastry or two; our Cafe Bar is a great social hub and is part of our ‘open door’ policy.

Community information

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Welfare

Through generous donations made by individuals, local charities and sponsors, anyone that walks through our doors in need can be provided with clothing, food and toiletries upon request.

Justice Of The Peace

more info coming soon…

What’s On

What’s On

WHATS ON AUGUST 2021

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Services for August are severely impacted due to the NSW Covid-19 Lockdown

Monday

Tuesday
Psychologist
9am—7.30pm, CR4 By Appt Paula 0410 504 733
Family Legal Aid 10am – 4pm, CR3 For Appt call 1800 551 589 (offsite)
Learn, Drive, Survive (Safe Driver Course) 5pm – 8pm, MR1 & 2 (10th)

Wednesday
Oz Harvest
11.00pm, free food service Daniel 9977 1066
Centrelink Free drop in service. 10am – 2pm CR3 (offsite)
Psychologist 9.30am—5.00pm, CR4 By Appt Paula 0410 504 733


Thursday

Friday

Saturday
Learn, Drive, Survive (Safe Driver Course)
5pm – 8pm, MR1 & 2 (21st)

Sunday

LoVE BiTES


LoVE BiTES is an extremely successful Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years.

Community Northern Beaches are the area coordinators for LoVE BiTES on the Northern Beaches.

There are now a number of available facilitators on the Northern Beaches from multiple agencies/organisations who have completed the Love Bites facilitators training. The program comes at no cost to schools or students. If you would like to make an enquiry and have LoVE BiTES at your school, please use this contact form:

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LoVE BiTES is a Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years. It consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence, and one on Sex and Relationships, followed by creative workshops and community campaigns. Love Bites is a flexible model with options to use a full day or multi session delivery approach. The program emphasises the importance of a whole-of-school commitment to respectful relationship education.

LoVE BiTES aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore respectful relationships. All Love Bites programming takes a strength-based approach and views young people as active participants who are able to make choices for themselves and their relationships when supported with information and opportunity for skill development

LoVE BiTES education is focused on three critical areas for learning:

  • Knowledge: youth-led collaborative learning
  • Attitudes: critical thinking and decision-making and
  • Behaviours: problem solving and communication skills

The overall aims of the programming are to equip young people with the knowledge needed to have respectful relationships, encourage and develop their skills in critical thinking and assist them in being able to problem solve and communicate effectively. When equipped in these areas, NAPCAN believes that young people can make the right choices for themselves and their relationships that are free from violence and abuse.

LoVE BiTES Junior is a respectful relationships education program that focuses on the development of respectful relationships for 11-14 year olds.

It is a suite of 3 programs which evolved out of the success of Love Bites, a well-established respectful relationship education program designed for young people aged 15-17 years. Since Love Bites was initially implemented in 2003, community feedback from across Australia has consistently included the need for respectful relationship education programs for younger students.

The LoVE BiTES Junior Program consists of 3 programs:

  • #friends (Year 7) which covers themes such as communicating mindfully, warning signs of abusive behaviour, power in relationships, responding to concerns as bystanders, seeking help and rights and responsibilities in relation to sharing sexualised images
  • Respectful Relationships, Bullying and Gender (Year 8) which covers themes such as respect in relationships, gender roles and stereotypes, gender and relationships, jealousy, sexual harassment and homophobia, challenging harassment, discrimination and gender stereotypes and seeking help
  • Relationships, Love and Control (Year 9) which covers themes such as gender expectations and relationships, responding to jealous feelings, love and control, warning signs of a controlling/abusive relationship, supporting friends, seeking help and breaking up with respect.

LoVE BiTESJunior’s 3 programs are designed to be delivered consecutively as the sessions are deliberately scaffolded to incrementally build young people’s skills.

What are the aims of LoVE BiTES program?

  • To provide a safe environment in which young people can talk about Relationship Violence, and Sex and Relationships.
  • To promote and model respectful relationships for young people.
  • To raise awareness about Relationship Violence – its prevalence and forms.
  • To bring about attitudinal change in relation to Relationship Violence.
  • To engage young people, male and female, on the issues of Relationship Violence in a non-sex-segregated environment with male and female facilitators.
  • To challenge gender stereotypes, attitudes, values and social institutions that perpetuate male violence against women.
  • To deconstruct the myths that exist in local communities and society generally on Relationship Violence.
  • To encourage and educate young people to support their friends.
  • To educate young people through a creative and relevant process that builds on their existing knowledge base.
  • To introduce young people to local service providers in an informal environment.
  • To develop youth-led community campaigns on the issues of Relationship Violence.

What makes LoVE BiTES, LoVE BiTES?

LoVE BiTES is a program that promotes a clear, consistent community approach to the issues of Relationship Violence from workers and teachers in local communities.

LoVE BiTES is run by male and female facilitators working together.

Where appropriate, LoVE BiTES sessions do not segregate male and female students. All sessions aim to be conducted with an equal number of male and female students.

LoVE BiTES uses several presentation styles to actively involve young people, including youth-led small group activities; peer-to-peer learning, and art, music and drama workshops.

LoVE BiTES creates local community campaigns developed and led by young people to prevent Violence against Women.

LoVE BiTES generates local ownership of the program as communities adapt the model to fit with their communities. The program uses local scenarios and local service providers to discuss the issues from the local perspective.

LoVE BiTES promotes an integrated partnership approach to prevention for services working in the areas of Domestic and Family Violence; Sexual Assault, Youth and Child Protection; bringing together the Police, Women’s Refuges, Sexual Assault Services, Child Protection Services, Youth Services, Family Support Services and Aboriginal Services.

LoVE BiTES has the potential to improve working relationships between service providers through the co-facilitation of this positive prevention program.

Positions Vacant

POSITIONS VACANT

GENERAL VOLUNTEER ROLES

With the large number of services we offer at our Centre and the many local organisations with whom we partner, there is a variety of opportunities to get involved and volunteer. Jaz Smith, Community Northern Beaches’ Manager – Volunteer Services is available to help match your skills and interests with volunteer roles based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. If you would like to learn more about Volunteer opportunities, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you.

VOLUNTEER DRIVING PROGRAM

Many people face obstacles when it comes to obtaining their driving licence. It might be that their licence is not valid in Australia or that they don’t have parents to sit with them to amass the hours required. Whatever the reason, it can make it harder to find employment or take part in social occasions. We have a fully insured car and clients waiting to take lessons but we need volunteer instructors to help with this program. Please contact Jaz Smith @ jaz@cnb.org.au or call 0468 675 044 if you are interested in hearing more.

 

 

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