Support and Referrals

Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania

Safe Places Coordinator: safeplaces@churchesofchrist.org.au, 03 9488 8800 or 0411 255 494.

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence National Help Line, 1800 Respect: www.1800respect.org.au

Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adults Surviving Child Abuse): www.blueknot.org.au

Sexual Assault Crisis Line (Vic): www.sacl.com.au

Centres Against Sexual Assault (Vic):  www.casa.org.au or 1800 806 292

Laurel House (Tas): www.laurelhouse.org.au

Sexual Assault Support Services (Tasmania)

SASS provides a 24 hour a day support and information service regarding available choices to victims of recent rape or sexual assault,  their family and support people including whether and how to:

  • report the crime to Police
  • have a Forensic Medical Examination (FME), medical check-up or access emergency contraception
  • access ongoing counselling and support

Phone: (03) 6231 1817

Email:  admin@sass.org.au

Suicide Prevention

Lifeline: www.lifeline.org.au or 13 11 14

Suicide Help Line (Vic): 1300 651 251

Mental Health Services Helpline (Tas): 1800 332 388

Suicide Call Back Service: www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au or 1300 659 467

Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800 or www.kidshelpline.com.au
A counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25

Family/ Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence National Help Line - 1800 Respect: www.1800respect.org.au

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria: 1800 737 732

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as family or friends. It includes financial, emotional, physical, social or sexual abuse, and neglect. It may involve taking someone’s money or possessions, not providing necessary care, making threats or stopping an older person’s social contacts, as well as physical or sexual abuse. Elder abuse can happen to any older person, regardless of their background or lifestyle.  If you or someone you know is in an unsafe or life-threatening situation you should ring 000.

For more information, training and services, click on the following links:

Elder Abuse Free Online Training: elderabuseprevention.e3learning.com.au

Multi-language clip for CALD communities: eccv.org.au/community/news/within-my-walls-a-community-education-resource

Seniors Rights Victoria: seniorsrights.org.au or call 1300 368 821

Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline: advocacytasmania.org.au/our-services/#LeEjnHTJ or call 1800 441 169

Victorian Government's Elder Abuse Prevention and Response Initiative: www2.health.vic.gov.au/ageing-and-aged-care/wellbeing-and-participation/preventing-elder-abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June): elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/about-weaad

Carers Australia: www.careraustralia.com.au

For concerns regarding people receiving aged care services, we encourage you to raise your concern with the service provider. If the matter is not resolved, contact the Aged Care Complaints Scheme: www.agedcarecomplaints.gov.au  or call 1800 550 552

Discrimination

The Human Rights Commission provides a free telephone enquiry Line, dispute resolution services, information and education about equal opportunity, racial and religious vilification and the Charter of Human Rights.

www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au

Bullying

Everybody has the right to go to work without fear of intimidation or bullying. Under health and safety legislation, churches have an obligation to protect the welfare of workers. This includes doing everything you reasonably can to prevent the risk of bullying in your workplace.  The anti-bullying legislation introduced in January 2014 requires that organisations are proactive about prevention and that they are prepared to handle any complaints of workplace bullying. And further, if you are aware of the risk of bullying and recklessly allow a worker to be exposed to a risk of serious injury, you could be found guilty of reckless conduct which carries a potential jail sentence and/or fines of up to $600,000. So not only do you have an ethical duty to help put a stop to workplace bullying, but it is also good stewardship to do so.

www.bullying.com.au/workplace-bullying/index.php

www.safechurchpcv.org.au/bullying

Cyber/Online Safety

Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner: www.esafety.gov.au

Think U Know: https://www.thinkuknow.org.au

Stay Smart Online (National): www.staysmartonline.gov.au

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network: www.acorn.gov.au

Privacy

The range of activities in which our Affiliates engage means that there are a number of uses for personal and/or sensitive information within Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (CCVT).  

CCVT has made a commitment to adhere to the Privacy Act (1988 and as amended) and to the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) that are contained in the Act.  The CCVT Privacy Policy and Privacy Guidelines must be read in the light of the Act and the APPs.

Australian Privacy Principles (APPs): www.oaic.gov.au/privacy-law/privacy-act/australian-privacy-principles

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC): www.oaic.gov.au

Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme: www.oaic.gov.au/engage-with-us/consultations/notifiable-data-breaches

Screening of leaders and volunteers

Victoria:

National Police Record Checks: www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274

Working with Children Checks (Vic): www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

Verify Working with Children Status (Vic): online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/checkstatus.doj

Verify the registration of teachers currently able to teach (Vic): www.vit.vic.edu.au/search-the-register

Tasmania:

National Police Record Checks: www.police.tas.gov.au/services-online/police-history-record-checks

Working with Vulnerable People Check (Child related Activity): http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/working_with_children/application

Verify Working with Children Status (Tas):  wwcforms.justice.tas.gov.au/RegistrationSearch.aspx

Child Abuse

Australian Childhood Foundation: www.childhood.org.au

Act For Kids: www.actforkids.com.au

Bravehearts: www.bravehearts.org.au

ChildSafe: www.childsafe.org.au

Commission for Children & Young People: ccyp.vic.gov.au

Reporting child abuse

Tasmania: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/children/child_protection_services/what_can_i_expect_when/child_protection_notification_form

Victoria: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/children,-families-and-young-people/child-protection

South Australia: www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/child-protection-initiatives

New South Wales: www.community.nsw.gov.au/

Victims Support Services (Tasmania)

Personal support, counselling, information and referral services to help people deal with the impact of crime.

Phone: 1300 300 238
Email: victims@justice.tas.gov.au

Victims of Crime Helpline (Victoria)

Specially trained staff provide information, advice and referrals to help victims manage the effects of crime including sexual assault/abuse.

Phone: 1800 819 817

Tools for Men

Counselling (Tasmania)

This is a Hobart-based program that delivers support and counselling to men. It assists men to enhance their relationships with their partners, ex-partners, children and step-children.

Phone: (03) 6213 3555 or 1800 243 232 

Men’s Line Australia

The national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns.

  • A safe and private place to talk about concerns;
  • Confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental support;
  • Coaching and practical strategies for managing personal relationship concerns;
  • Relevant information and linkage to other appropriate services and programs as required.
  • Telephone, Online and Video counselling

Phone: 1300 78 99 78

Email: talkitover@menslineaus.org.au  

Web: mensline.org.au

The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria

Provide assistance to victims of family violence and sexual assault

Phone: 1800 105 303
Email: information@fvpls.org