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Single Mother Domestic Violence Support Directory

National Domestic Violence Support

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Domestic violence is a crime. If you are in danger, phone 000 - the Police WILL respond

National - 1800 RESPECT

1800 RESPECT is a confidential telephone counselling service for Australians who have experienced or are at risk of physical or sexual violence. This includes Domestic Violence and Family Violence. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week over the phone. Australians can access the line by calling 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). 1800 RESPECT will give callers access to qualified and specialist counsellors who will provide counselling, information, advice, and referrals, free of charge

National - Domestic Violence Crisis Line Telephone Numbers - All States of Australia
A comprehensive national state-by-state list of domestic violence crisis line telephone numbers

National - Salvation Army Domestic Violence Crisis Support
Comprehensive State contact list of The Salvation Army Domestic Violence Support & Accomodation Services

Go to Centrelink
Centrelink - Emergency Assistance - Social Work Services
Centrelink Social Workers help people who have experienced or who are at risk of domestic or family violence. They can help you with claims for payments from Centrelink, and can help people in financial crisis who may lose accommodation or essential services. They can provide help with counselling, information and a variety of other services available in the community

Go to Centrelink
Centrelink - Crisis Payment
Crisis Payment helps you if you are in severe financial hardship because you have experienced an extreme circumstance such as domestic violence. Go to the Centrelink Crisis payment website page here

For full details of how Centrelink can help domestic violence victims you can view the Help for domestic and family violence victims here

National - Women's Services Network (WESNET)
The Women's Services Network (WESNET) is a national women's peak advocacy body which works on behalf of women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic or family violence

Women's Safety After Separation Website
This website aims to provide information to women facing separation, particularly where there is violence and abuse

Family Violence Support - My Family is Separating (Australian Govt. Website)
Whether you are escaping a situation or decide to separate there are many decisions you will need to make regarding the safety of you and your children, financial matters and your future. The following information will guide you through the process and includes information to help you work out your options

Relationships Australia - Violence and Abuse in Relationships
Relationships Australia provides a range of services to assist those with violence and or abuse issues in their relationships. Family Violence Prevention Services include the provision of counselling at the earliest possible time for couples before they reach the point where they are at risk of experiencing family violence. Counselling and other support is available for people who have experienced violence and abuse and are seeking ways to ensure their safety and to overcome the impact of this trauma

Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse is a national organisation, providing high quality information about domestic and family violence issues and practice. The primary goal of the Clearinghouse is to prevent domestic and family violence. We do this by supporting specialist and generalist service providers, government agencies, researchers, advocates and activists in their efforts, through the dissemination of information and research, and through facilitating discussion

Domestic Violence Documents, Brochures & Forms

Family Relationships Online (Australian Govt. Website) - Violence and Family Law Fact Sheet [PDF 166KB]
This factsheet summarises how the family law system deals with family violence and child abuse (Download Adobe PDF Reader)

Parenting Easy Guide - More than arguments - domestic violence [PDF 576KB]
Sometimes arguments in families get out of hand and people get hurt. When this happens between adults, this affects everyone, especially the children. Domestic violence happens in all sorts of families and plays a major part in the breakdown of families

Family Court of Australia - Best Practice Principals For Use In Parenting Disputes When Family Violence or Abuse is Alleged [PDF 283KB]
These best practice principles have been developed to provide decision makers with practical guidance in dealing with matters in which a notice has been filed alleging family violence or the risk of family violence, or abuse or the risk of abuse
FVBPP_April2009.pdf (Download Adobe PDF Reader)

Family Court of Australia - Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence, or Risk of Family Violence (Form 4)
This form is to be used
(a) when allegations of child abuse or risk of child abuse are made
(b) a person alleges that there has been abuse of a child or family violence or there is a risk of abuse of a child or family violence
Go to the Family Court website to read the most up to date requirements and reasons of the above two reasons for Form 4
For mum information on how effective Form 4 can be, search for the term: "Family Court of Australia - Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence, or Risk of Family Violence (Form 4)" in the single mother forum here (Download Adobe PDF Reader)

Centrelink - Help for people experiencing domestic violence [PDF 666KB]
These best practice principles have been developed to provide decision makers with practical guidance in dealing with matters in which a notice has been filed alleging family violence or the risk of family violence, or abuse or the risk of abuse (Download Adobe PDF Reader)

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


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.


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


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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