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Child Abuse Support Directory

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National - Community Services (formerly DoCS) - preventing child abuse & neglect
DoCS provides services across three key program areas - prevention and early intervention, child protection and out-of-home care. What is child abuse? Find out more about child abuse and neglect, what are the signs of abuse...
Read more at their website: www.community.nsw.gov.au


National - NAPCAN - The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
The mission of NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is to prevent child abuse and neglect and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every Australian child
Read more at their website: www.napcan.org.au


National - Bravehearts
If you are in crisis please call 1800 114 474 and ask to speak to one of our qualified sexual assault counsellors during business hours. If the counsellors are in session, they will return your call as soon as possible. For after hours assistance please call Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) or Lifeline (13 11 14)
The Mission of Bravehearts Inc. is to support the survivors of child sexual assault and their non-offending family. Do you suspect a child has been sexually assaulted? If a child even hints in a vague way that sexual assault has occurred, encourage him or her to talk freely (beware of asking direct questions as this may impede any ensuing investigations). Don't make judgmental comments...
Read more at their website: www.bravehearts.org.au


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National - Carer and Parent Support and Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS)
CAPS aims to improve outcomes for children by delivering family support, prevention and community education services
Read more at their website: http://www.childabuseprevention.com.au/


National - Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA)
ASCA is a national organisation which works to improve the lives of adult survivors of child abuse throughout Australia. ASCA has an active presence in every state and territory of Australia, with a broad base of members and supporters. As our programs have expanded we have engaged a number of health care professionals with an expertise in trauma both to deliver our workshops and man our 1300 line
Read more at their website: http://www.asca.org.au/


Mayumarri - Qld & NSW
Mayumarri is a healing centre run by survivors of childhood trauma for survivors of childhood trauma. In NSW we're located in the peaceful Hunter Valley on 340 acres of wooded hillside; in Q'ld on 160 acres at Cooyar; and in hired venues near Melbourne and Bunbury (WA). We offer affordable healing for adult survivors of childhood trauma of all ages from 16-80
Read more at their website: www.mayumarri.com.au


Childrens & Teens Child Abuse Support - National


National - Bravehearts
This page is for young people who may know someone who has been sexually assaulted, or who have been themselves.
What is sexual assault? Sexual assault is any form of sexual behaviour that you do not want or that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you are in crisis please call 1800 114 474 and ask to speak to one of our qualified sexual assault counsellors during business hours. If the counsellors are in session, they will return your call as soon as possible. For after hours assistance please call Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) or Lifeline (13 11 14)
Read more at their website: www.bravehearts.org.au


Child Abuse Support - Children


National - Kids Helpline for Kids
Kids Helpline is a free 24 hour counselling service for Australian kids and young people aged 5-25 years. You can get help over the phone, email or web. Call 1800 55 1800 anytime for any reason
Read more at their website: www.kidshelp.com.au/kids


National - ChatFirst
A child-centred website for separated parents and their children developed by the Children and Families in Transition Project. This link goes directly to the kids section explaining child abuse
Read more at their website: http://www.chatfirst.com.au/kids/


Child Abuse Support - Teenagers


National - Kids Helpline for Teens
Kids Helpline is a free 24 hour counselling service for Australian kids and young people aged 5-25 years. You can get help over the phone, email or web. Call 1800 55 1800 anytime for any reason
Read more at their website: http://www.kidshelp.com.au/


National - Bursting the Bubble
Information for teenagers about abuse, domestic violence, family violence. This website helps teenagers to work out what's okay in a family and what's not. It tells them what they can do if someone in their family is hurting or abusing them or another member of their family
Read more at their website: http://www.burstingthebubble.com/


National - ChatFirst
A child-centred website for separated parents and their children developed by the Children and Families in Transition Project. This link goes directly to the teens section explaining abuse
Read more at their website: http://www.chatfirst.com.au/



Documents & further resources

Australian Institute of Family Studies
These resource sheets are compiled by staff at the National Child Protection Clearinghouse, and published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Information includes child abuse and child neglect
Read more at the Australian Institute of Family Studies website www.aifs.gov.au


Parenting Easy Guide - Child Abuse [PDF 240KB]
Are you confused about what is discipline and what is child abuse? Are you ever worried about hurting your child? Do you suspect that someone else may be doing harm to children? These are concerns that are felt by many parents at some time. Produced by Parenting South Australia
Read more here: www.parenting.sa.gov.au



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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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