#16Days: Empower

It's critical that we empower women and girls through specialist support services. Explore the information below to learn more about our on-the-ground programs and services for women and girls experiencing gender-based violence.

Our programs and services

Over many decades we’ve developed specialist domestic and family violence recovery, crisis and housing services and worked closely with emergency and protection services. Our Brimbank Melton Family Violence Program and Bayside Peninsula Family Violence Program support women and children experiencing or recovering from family violence. As part of the program, we offer casework, safety planning, counselling and links to legal support, housing services and support groups. Safe refuge and emergency accommodation is arranged for women and children at immediate risk.

Good Shepherd’s Peninsula Family Violence Refuges are accessible through the Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre.

We also support women impacted by family violence through our financial counselling services and Firmer Foundations, a unique financial coaching program for women  Read the summary report of our Firmer Foundations Evaluation

In an emergency, please call 000. For crisis support and suicide prevention, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For sexual assault, domestic and family violence support call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

Our work 


Australia's Compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
A report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women examines Australia's compliance with the Convention on the Eliminations of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The report is intended to inform the Committee's review of Australia during the 70th Session in July 2018. The report was prepared by a coalition of Australian non-government organisations, including Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand. → Read the report

Economic Security for Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, with the support of the Con Irwin sub-fund of the Victorian Women’s Trust, reviewed literature about economic security and domestic and family violence and conducted a review in order to develop a definition of economic security that reflected its individual and structural elements. From there, a range of potential indicators to measure the economic security for survivors was scoped. A measurement tool was also piloted with the support of the Australia Institute. → Read the report

Restoring Financial Safety: Legal Responses to Economic Abuse
This report aims to improve understanding of the financial issues faced by women in situations of family violence and propose policy, regulatory and practice solutions. It outlines the research findings and makes a number of recommendations regarding the prevention of economic abuse as a form of family violence and systemic support for women who have experienced it. → Read the report

The Right to Refuse: Examining Forced Marriage in Australia
This report found that forced marriage is an emerging issue in Australia. In 2013, forced marriage became a specific criminal offence under Australian law. In spite of this development, not much is known about forced marriage in our community. Very little research has been conducted on this issue in Australia. "The Right to Refuse" was an action research project undertaken by Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, DV Vic and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand. → Read the report

Policy submissions


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