Women’s and Children’s Refuge
TSWS provides refuge accommodation for women and children in crisis as a result of domestic and family violence. Referrals to refuge can be made 24/7 through the NSW Domestic Violence Crisis Line on 1800 656 463 or through the QLD Domestic Violence Line on 1800 811 811. Each resident is case managed and supported by a team of support workers during their stay at the shared accommodation unit.
External Supported Refuge Accommodation
Medium-term accommodation is provided in furnished houses and flats throughout the Tweed region for women and children rebuilding their lives after domestic violence. Housing is available to women who have been residing in refuge as a result of domestic or family violence. Each family is case managed and supported in their journey to re-building independence and self-reliance.
Women’s Resource Centre
Based in Murwillumbah this service provides a range
of services to support women and children. The Centre provides access to computers, internet, resources, courses and workshops. The Resource Centre is the venue for a range of groups including Understanding Domestic Violence, Protective Behaviours; self-development and parenting skills
Crisis Support Service
A crisis counsellor is available Monday to Thursday from 9.00 – 12.30. This service provides an immediate response to women and offers information, support, crisis counselling and referral.
Domestic Violence Counselling
A worker is available at the Resource Centre Monday to Thursday to provide specialist counselling for women who are living with the effects of domestic violence in their lives. Women need to phone the service to make an appointment with the counsellor
Tweed Shire Women’s Service provides family support and counselling for families with a child up to the age of 13 who are experiencing some difficulties in their lives. This includes referral, assessment, counselling and case management. The program employs one family support worker at the resource centre in Murwillumbah.
What can we assist you with:
- A trained experienced family worker that can offer you a confidential one to one service.
We can assist with:
- Information, advocacy and referral
- Parenting support and information
- Domestic Violence support and information
- Educational and therapeutic groups, including parenting and self- esteem groups
The Family Support Service is a free service and covers all of the 2484 post code
What are family services? Safety and wellbeing of children and young people are our primary focus and the strengthening of families relationships tie in with this. Families are offered an assessment interview where support is determined to identify your needs and strengths in regard to your presenting issues. Your goals are determined so we can place a support plan with your family giving you an idea on how to achieve your goals.
Support is offered Monday to Thursday by appointment.
Contact: Sally@tswomen.org.au or Sally @ 02 66724188
Providing a soft entry point for parents to access parenting education programs and skill development courses is a key component of this program. Parent Education provides a range of parenting groups in the Resource Centre as well as in community venues in the Murwillumbah region. This service also manages an annual grassroots funding program for community members to develop resources, programs and supports for families with a child under 12.
TSWS is a driving force behind the Domestic Violence Integrated response committee (DVIRC). This project aims to improve responses to domestic and family violence within the Tweed Shire by working Collaboratively with community and government agencies to provide coordinated, appropriate and consistent responses to domestic and family violence in our community
TSWS is the lead agency in the development of five strategies under the Child Protection Interagency Group (C-Pig). This interagency is responsible for providing resources to pre-school children and primary school children through the “I’m a Great Kid – Keep me Safe campaign. The group also hosts the Teddy bears Picnic and manages the Child Protection Workers Annual Awards.
TSWS develops and coordinates the development of resources to families that focus on safety and wellbeing of children, this includes the highly successful woman’s guide to reclaiming a healthy relationship: Charmed and Dangerous, 2484: A resource for parents and violence prevention brochures and pamphlets for free distribution to Tweed Shire residents.