Wellness Center

A safe and secure place where women and their children who are experiencing Family and Domestic Violence can access resources they need on their road to recovery.

We advocate for an holistic approach by the community to collaborate when breaking the intergenerational cycle of family and domestic violence.

A wellness center that provides wrap around services and assistance to women and children experiencing and/or escaping family and domestic violence. A place where a woman might come to seek legal advice for a restraining order, though as she arrives she finds there are Dr services and trained staff at the wellness center recognizes the urgency of Dr prior to legal services offers this to the victim/victor as an option before seeking legal services.

It could be that a victim/victor don’t know what they need, they might not be ready to seek assistance but they can come in and sit in peace reading about the wrap around services that are provided. When she is ready, the services are there for her to her path to recovery.

Why all services in one center?

One of the approaches is to provide as many services as possible that is needed for a victim/survivor at one location, on her road to recovery. This is to minimize the pressure and stress on the victims/victors and their children who may already be under an enormeous pressure and experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD). Restoration for the victim/victor is more likely to be smoother and potentially faster when only having to access one location where familiarity and trust can be built on the road to recovery.

We are convinced there are more ways than our model, the order of which we share the recommendations is not necessarily the order for a victim/victor of family and domestic violence needing assistance though we appreciate your constructive feedback if you see how we could improve our recommendations below:

 

Wrap Around Services

Legal Services

  • Financial Services

  • Counceling

  • Dr

 

Pooled Resources

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This is where local Rotary clubs and their members can reach out to their local Service Providers (Path of Hope’s preferred, but not limited to, Service Provider is Salvation Army) and ask how they may best assist.

We have not rested a minute since the vision of Path of Hope in 2012 to have a local joint venture partnership between Rotary clubs and Salvation Army globally. We felt hopefulness in this very simple and empowering collaboration between two of the worlds most majestic non for profit organisations working together locally in how they believe will break the interdenominational cycle of Family and Domestic Violence in their local communities.

We have asked many questions over many years from all stake holders along with the victims/survivors/victors of Family and Domestic Violence, we have together safely piloted joint programs to make a sustainable, positive and empowering impact on the women and children’s path to recovery.

We welcome anyone who would like to break the cycle of family and domestic violence to take inspiration from our recommendations though we urge you if you are inexperienced in this space to reach out to your local Rotary club, Salvation Army or other reputable member organisation or service provider to ensure you have a strong support network around you when you in however small or big way, champion to break the cycle of family and domestic violence for one person or maybe even your whole community.

Path of Hope have found it extremely important by listening and asking questions to the front line staff and the victims/victors - What they want!

Together with the networks of the business people in Rotary we have had great success with our pilots. Some of the concepts below are inspired by already functioning projects in other places, we believe in learning from others instead of wasting our time on reinventing the wheel.


Services

We advocate for an holistic approach by the community to jointly provide wrap around services and assistance to women and children experiencing and/or escaping family and domestic violence. One of the approaches is to provide as many services as possible that is needed for a victim/survivor, in one location to minimize the pressure and stress on the victims/victors and their children who may already be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).

We are convinced there are more ways than our model, the order of which we share the recommendations is not necessarily the order for a victim/victor of family and domestic violence needing assistance though we appreciate your constructive feedback if you see how we could improve our recommendations below:

 

Outreach Worker

Domestic violence outreach workers is a great support to women and children who are experiencing or escaping from family and domestic violence. Family and Domestic violence outreach workers could provide secondary consultation and information and be involved in community education and Primary Prevention programs.

 Outreach workers support victims/survivors/victors of family and domestic violence in many ways:

  • working with women to develop safety plans to enhance the safety of themselves and their children

  • providing information on options and resources, referral to other services, and case management support. Support may involve advocacy with Centrelink, court support, referral to other services (Office of Housing or a Front Door), counselling and financial counselling.

Outreach Centre

 

Through generous donations and tireless fundraising, the Foundation has been able to secure the funds needed by Salvation Army in Western Australia to hire a full time outreach worker since the 1st of January 2016 to assist vulnerable victims/survivors of family and domestic violence.

It is an ongoing priority to employ outreach workers in the future. They are an essential part of the support network, offering support to women on a regular basis, by attending court dates and Centrelink appointments. This in turn helps the women to feel secure whilst struggling with the confidence to complete these tasks alone.

The support provided by the outreach worker continues on after the women leave the refuge, to ensure they are equipped with the ongoing skills to support and believe in themselves to begin their new lives.

The Path of Hope Foundation Gala Ball is in part to generate sponsorship for the employment of the outreach worker on a permanent basis.

How you can help

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Mentoring

 

Why mentoring?

Everyone’s path is their own. Everyone’s transition to a new future will look different. There’s no “one size fits all” solution. One way of tailoring support is through mentoring.

We partner the women from the refuge with carefully vetted mentors to work with them on an one-on-one basis. The mentoring program is about matching skills and knowledge to specific needs. 
Examples of needs that suit mentoring:

  • Goal settings
  • Making plans
  • Seeking employment (preparing CV, job interview skills etc.)
  • Monitoring progress and staying motivated
  • Personal development. 

The optional “mentoring conversation” will be available at the make-over sessions. One or more lead mentors will be available in a quiet corner.

Any of the women can take the opportunity to explore if mentoring has something to offer them in a one-on-one conversation.

If yes, the specific need or needs would be identifies and a process/timing agreed tpo meet with a possible mentor/s.

Mentoring is a privileged opportunity to share someone’s journey and support them to succeed, as they:

  • Identify vision and goals
  • Make a plan
  • Secure Assistance
  • Track progress
  • Encounter barriers
  • Solve problems
  • Celebrate success
  • Review and adapt plan

 

Women to Women Mentoring

The Path of Hope mentoring program provides mentoring and assistance to women who are vulnerable or currently experiencing domestic violence.

The program is about empowering women to have confidence to take control of their lives, trust their decisions and learn or re-learn important day-to day life skills. Its aim is to enable women to re-enter their communities as strong, independent, confident and productive women.

 

Kid to Kid Mentoring

"I’m bored 

This is the fifth school I have been to in the last 3 years and they are still trying to get me to learn all this boring Maths. Seriously, will this do me any good? Do I really need to know this stuff? What is the point? I mean if I listen really carefully I understand what is going on, but in the end will it really make a difference? 

Mum has been going through some hard times and I really think that supporting her is the best thing I should be doing now. She tells me that school work is important, but really? I have had so many teachers and they all mean well, but what do they know? 

Well a different thing happened to me the other day. We are in this place that is looking after us. We really feel safe, which is something we have not felt in a long time. No yelling and people that really care about us. 

A couple of times a week we get to go to this place called the ‘Hangout’ and kids just a bit older than us come and spend some time with us. On one afternoon, it is girls who come and another afternoon boys. They are definitely NOT teachers. In fact they seem to want to get out and play just as much as we want to. But they keep insisting that we do a bit of homework before we can chill a little. I had a really hard assignment from my school and I sort of understood what it was about but there was no way I was going to ask a teacher. But maybe this guy could help me? I was amazed when he said ‘hey this is a REALLY hard topic, I can remember doing this. It is so unfair for teachers to be asking you to do this, but it’s not impossible and here is what I did’ That was like a breath of fresh air. So I was not the only person in the world not understanding something. And after a bit of hard work the assignment started to make sense. In fact, I can hardly wait to see the teachers face when they see I have solved the problems. All I need is a bit of self-confidence and I reckon I can just about do anything."

 

Police Cadets Mentoring

"I am excited that Police Cadets are choosing to come on board with this program to encourage, support and provide their time to our resident children who are survivors of Family Domestic Violence. I think this program will benefit our children by providing positive role models of strong men and women in the Police force. This will give our children a different perspective of Police men and women, showing these children that Police people care and value them and are here to help. 

For the Police Cadets I think this experience of coming alongside families at Graceville Centre will give them great insight for the families and children they will come across in their field of work. I think it is important for the Police Cadets to spend time with children affected from Family Domestic Violence and see the effects of this in their lives."

 

How you can help

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Counselling

 

The Counselling Programme provided by Path of Hope is built on a foundation of compassion, empathy and true belief that the cycle of family violence can be broken by empowering its victims.

Escaping an abusive home environment is only the first step in breaking the cycle of abuse. For many recovery can be a long and painful path which is facilitated through our various counselling services.

Our Path of Hope appointed manager works closely with heads of Counselling departments within a selection of Universities in Western Australia. Each year, a carefully selected, handful of students finalising their Master degrees in Counselling get invited to do their clinical placement at our centre.

This group of Bachelor/Master students are screened and interviewed to assure suitability and compatibility with our mission, vision and core beliefs in empowering women and enabling them to create new and positive pathways. The counselling provided, empowers, aids and enables the women at the centre to find a path away from physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse, forced social isolation and economic deprivation. Along, this very difficult journey, they have alongside of them one of our counsellor to empower them to create a brighter future for themselves and their children. The Counselling programme has been in place since 2014. It is continuously expanding and proven to be a great success for all parties involved.

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Feel Good Days

 

The Feel Good Days program plays an essential part in improving women's self-esteem. In partnership with local businesses, women learn how to apply make-up and dress for the workplace and weekends. This is a bonding experience for the participants, and plays a strong role in improving their confidence. A simple thing, with the biggest outcome. Jockey clothing supports this program with clothing donations.

How you can help

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