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Media Release: Partnership improves counselling support for children experiencing family violence

21st July 2016

Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) has proudly partnered with Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) to provide much-needed counselling to support children through their experience of family violence. 
ACF provides a highly specialised counselling service, with staff expertly trained to deal with the considerable trauma children suffer as a result of family violence.  They consult with women and their children individually or together, depending on the need.
“Research tells us that family violence can often undermine the mother-child relationship,” said EDVOS CEO, Jenny Jackson.  
“The counselling approach takes a strong focus on the parent and helps mothers explore the impact of violence not only on family members, but on their own parenting.
“EDVOS values the opportunity to connect our clients to such a capable organisation with expert child-focused counsellors.”
Women can access a predetermined number of counselling sessions on behalf of their children through EDVOS Flexible Support Packages (FSPs).  These are designed to provide personalised, targeted assistance for those who are experiencing financial hardship and are in a crisis or post-crisis situation, to promote their long-term safety and stability. 
When EDVOS staff identify a need, they make a referral to ACF where an assessment is undertaken around the support needs of the mother and her children.
ACF Child Trauma Service Manager Angela Weller explains that adding counselling to the FSP provides a new and innovative way of including relational support and connection into a practical support package for women and children.
“It enables case management priorities such as legal support and accommodation to be integrated with parenting education and support.
“Our new partnership enables us to prioritise and place the mother child relationship at the centre of the recovery process,” she said. 
“The counselling is flexible, accessible and focused on the strengths of this relationship, and we are observing some very positive outcomes.”
Media enquiries:  Jenny Jackson (CEO, EDVOS) on 9259 4200/
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) is the specialist family violence service in Melbourne’s eastern metropolitan region, empowering women and children who are responding to family violence.  They provide integrated support, advice, information, case management, safety planning, community education, programs for pet safety and a strong network of referral pathways to other services.  EDVOS acknowledges the generous support of the Victorian State Government.  

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is an organisation which works to promote safety for children from the trauma of child abuse, neglect and family violence. It provides specialist therapeutic programs that focus on recovery through safe relationships and communities for children. ACF also has a strong focus on education of the professional community and advocacy for the rights of children.

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