|IWCADV offers a women's counselling program, to women that have been affected by domestic and/or family violence. |
Who & What?
The Ipswich Women's Centre Against Domestic Violence Inc. is a community-based service located in Ipswich. The primary focus of the IWCADV is direct service provision to women and children survivors of domestic & family violence. In work with women, children and young people IWCADV will at all times provide services that are safe, accountable and confidential ensuring that the rights of women, children and young people are respected. IWCADV will ensure that the safety of women, children and young people is of paramount concern and will balance this with a respect for the rights of women to make informed decisions over their lives.
How & Why?
Counselling at the Ipswich Women's Centre Against Domestic Violence is client-focussed and based on a feminist philosophy. This means that:
- We aim for women to have greater freedom and control over their own lives, including respecting your right to make your own decisions
- We believe in women's potential and strengths
- We believe that women's personal experiences of domestic violence are related to the unequal power relationship and inequalities between men and women in society
- We are committed to an open, honest, non-judgemental and equal counselling relationship with you
- We believe that you are the expert over your own life and, therefore, we are guided by your needs and wants during counselling.
Women need to contact IWCADV and request counselling for themselves. After an initial over-the-phone conversation, the service worker will provide women with a date and time for an intake appointment with the Women's Counsellor. On this first appointment an initial counselling plan is done with the woman, which sets out what she hopes to achieve and what issues she would like to cover. In this appointment women will have the opportunity to meet the counsellor and ask any questions or clarify things in relation to the program.
Counselling at the IWCADV normally involves having 12 appointments, which are usually about an hour long. We understand that sometimes it may not be possible for you to come along to an appointment because of sickness or another appointment elsewhere. In these situations, we ask that you call us and give us as much notice as possible of the cancellation. If you have to cancel an appointment, it does not affect how many appointments you have; you will still be offered 12 appointments.
If you have any questions or would like any clarification regarding this program please do not hesitate to contact us on 3816 3000.