The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre is home to a range of organisations that offer services, facilities and information primarily to people who identify as women. Although each organisation is independently run, there is a strong sense of community at the Centre and, whether organisations have been here over 20 years or two months, they work in collaboration on various projects and programs.
Our resident organisations are:
Counterpart – women supporting women with cancer
Counterpart connects, supports and informs women with a gynaecological or breast cancer to live well. Formerly known as BreaCan, Counterpart has been providing support services to women living with breast or a gynaecological cancer since 2003.
The Counterpart Resource Centre is located on Level 5 of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Highly trained and professional Peer Support Volunteers give emotional support and understanding, as well as assistance finding reliable, evidenced-based information to help women make informed decisions for themselves.
Counterpart’s model is valued and trusted by health professionals. The service offers support and does not give medical, legal or financial advice or counselling.
Counterpart is a service of Women’s Health Victoria (link:www.whv.org.au) and is supported by the Victorian Government.
Phone: 1300 781 500
CASA House (Centre Against Sexual Assault) is part of the Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville Victoria.
It is a government funded organisation which provides free and confidential services to victim/survivors of sexual assault on a 24 hour basis.
Services include an immediate crisis response to recent assaults; counselling, support & advocacy; groups; support for families; professional consultations; community education and research & public policy.
Phone: 03 9635 3600 (administration) | 03 9635 3610 (counselling)
Domestic Violence Victoria
Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) is the peak body for family / domestic violence services in Victoria that provide support to women and children to live free from violence. With the safety and the best interests of women and children as central, DV Vic provides leadership to change and enhance systems that prevent and respond to family violence. It comprises a membership of women’s family/domestic violence services operating across the state.
If you are seeking family violence support please go to www.1800respect.org.au or contact the Victorian Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service on 1800 015 188 (24 hours, 7 days a week).
Phone: 03 9921 0828
Fitted For Work
Fitted for Work helps women experiencing disadvantage get meaningful work and keep it.
Disadvantage can happen to a woman at any time in her life. Fitted for Work clients are survivors of domestic violence, single parents, women with disabilities, mature-aged women, young women, and women from culturally and diverse backgrounds. Fitted for Work welcomes all and any women experiencing adversity to benefit from its services and they are treated with respect and empathy.
Fitted for Work’s programs and services stem from a belief that when women are fitted for work they are fitted for life. When women have hope, confidence and economic security through work, the flow on effect is transformational, both to their families but also to society as a whole.
Fitted for Work prepares women for work mentally and physically and provide them with practical skills required to take their place in the workforce. Its approach, which involves coaching and mentoring, nurtures women throughout their journey to ensure they feel able to stay in work. Women are assisted to overcome their present situation and move forward courageously.
Fitted for Work works with a number of referral partners, and provides clients with evidence-based, high quality, responsive, targeted programs.
For more information on Fitted for Work’s programs and services, visit www.fittedforwork.org
The Conscious Closet
The Conscious Closet is a Fitted for Work social enterprise. The Conscious Closet stocks a range of recycled women’s fashion including designer labels, vintage, contemporary fashion brands, shoes, accessories and more!
You can find fantastic designer fashion, unique vintage pieces from the 50’s to the 90’s as well as a great range of pre-loved fashion essentials.
With new stock arriving daily, you never know what treasures you might find at The Conscious Closet.
All proceeds from The Conscious Closet go directly towards helping Fitted for Work’s clients, so “you can feel good about looking good”!
EMILY’S List Australia is a political, financial and personal support network for progressive Australian Labor Party women who are interested in running for public office and are committed to equity, childcare, equal pay, diversity and choice for women.
Phone: 03 8668 8120
Ovarian Cancer Australia
Ovarian Cancer Australia is the peak organisation for ovarian cancer in Australia and the country’s only national organisation dedicated to raising awareness of ovarian cancer, delivering support to women and their families affected by the disease, and funding the best ovarian cancer research.
Ovarian Cancer Australia’s mission is to:
Support women with ovarian cancer, their families, friends and carers with compassionate support programs and practical resources.
Educate communities and individuals about the disease and increase their awareness of symptoms and the latest treatment, research and clinical trials from across Australia.
Advocate to improve outcomes, treatment and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.
Fund innovative and world leading ovarian cancer research.
Each February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which includes Teal Ribbon Day on the last Wednesday of the month.
Phone: 1300 660 334
The Council of Single Mothers and their Children Inc.
Council of Single Mothers and Their Children (CSMC) has been committed to improving the conditions of single mothers and their families for over 40 years. Run by and for single mothers, our work is grounded in the experiences we hear from our members and callers.
CSMC operates a Victoria wide telephone information, support and referral line (Mon – Fri 9.30 – 3.00pm), assisting women with a wide range of issues including housing, domestic violence, Centrelink, family law and child support.
Membership is free for single mothers, and our newsletter and email bulletins keep members up to date with current issues affecting single mothers.
CSMC has a long and successful history of advocating to improve the circumstances of single mothers, work we continue through political advocacy, representation of single mother issues and involvement in research.
Phone: 1300 552 511 (local call cost) | 03 9654 0622 (support) | 03 9654 0327 (administration)