Minerva recognises that Aboriginal women experience greater levels of family violence than the general population. We also recognise that these women are less likely to access mainstream services in order to seek support. Minerva has an Aboriginal Outreach Worker who can assist you with information and support to become safe. She can be contacted through our intake worker on 03 5224 2903.
The AOSW works closely with Wathaurong to ensure you have access to all of the services you need in order to be safe. The worker can either visit you at the Wathaurong office or another location if you do not feel safe there. Wathaurong has a range of services and programs tailored to suit the needs of the Indigenous/Aboriginal community. These include; on-site Doctors (general practitioners), Women and Children's Health workers, Pre-school, Community Justice Program, Housing program, HACC, and a Drug and Alcohol program.
Our aboriginal worker can conduct a personal safety assessment and discuss options with you for remaining safe.
Our worker will maintain your information as confidential and it will not be shared with anyone without your consent. We understand that if your information is breached your safety may be at further risk.
If you require legal protection to help you to be safe, she can link you to the support you need. If you are not feeling safe now, call the police, your safety and that of your children, are important.
Remember ... you are not to blame for the violence. You and your children have a right to feel safe in your home and in your community. The Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative fully support this program and your right to safety and confidentiality.