About Women’s House – Shelta
Women’s House – Shelta is set up to provide support and associated services for women and their children who are escaping domestic and family violence. Our offices are open to our target group, during working hours and are situated at 15 Morrisey Street, Woolloongabba, 4102. We provide support, information and referral on (07)3391 0005. If you want to contact one of our workers for face to face support, it is best to ring us and make an appointment.
We have been in operation for more than 40 years, and in that time we have developed expertise and skills in the delivery of our specialised services. We believe no-one should live with the fear of violence, and we are committed to working to end it in all its forms.
The support we provide is based on the belief that you have the right to:
- Be listened to, believed and supported.
- Be treated as an individual with respect, dignity and understanding.
- Be given information that is accurate and relevant.
- Be given the opportunity to express your needs and make your own decisions in a supportive environment.
- Be given access to available interpreter services if you need them.
- Have your confidentiality and privacy respected.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic and family violence consists of a wide range of behaviours which are used deliberately to gain power and control over others. It occurs across different cultures and in different kinds of relationships (e.g., lesbian, gay and carer). In the vast majority of cases perpetrators of domestic violence are men who believe they have right to own and control women. Their attitudes are reinforced by cultural beliefs about “proper” roles for men and women and by various systems (e.g., legal, political and the media) which all still accord men more power.
Is Domestic Violence a Problem for You?
Does your partner or a family member……..
- Verbally abuse you or put you down?
- Physically hurt you or your children or threaten to do so?
- Damage property or pets to frighten you?
- Force you to have sex against your will?
- Threaten to kill you or himself if you leave?
- Blame you for his anger and actions?
- Need to know where you are every minute?
- Control where you go and who you see?
- Control the money and make you account for every cent?
- Follow you around?
- Tell you he loves you, but hurts and controls you?
If you are experiencing any of the above, you may need the safety and security of a woman’s refuge. There are many of these in most parts of Australia and they all provide emergency accommodation and practical support for women and children who need to escape violent situations. Most refuges are located at confidential addresses to keep them safe. All women’s refuges are highly committed to ensuring you and your children’s safety and well being.
Important Contact Numbers
If you live in Queensland and need refuge referral call DV Connect on 1800 811 811.
If you are in immediate danger phone 000
If you feel that you may need refuge in the future the following Safety Plan will help you prepare to leave quickly when you are in danger:
- Consider carefully who you tell about your plan to leave, including children and friends as they may compromise your safety, even without meaning to.
- Decide who you will call if you feel threatened or in danger. Remember the DV Connect number above or the police (000) if it is an immediate emergency.
- Decide where you will go if you need a safe space. DV Connect makes referrals to refuges.
- Decide what arrangements you will make to ensure that your children are safe.
- Save some money for taxi or bus fares for emergency transportation to a safe place.
- Keep an extra key to your house and car with you at all times.
- Make a list of emergency telephone numbers.
- Hide a change of clothing for you and your children.
- Pack all the medications you need.
- Know where all your important papers and records are (e.g. passport, birth certificates, bank cards/bank books, marriage certificate, etc.) Take them with you if possible. You may need photo identification e.g. driver’s licence or passport, too.
- To avoid confusion in a panic, practise travelling to your safe location.
- Keep a list of items you may wish to retrieve at a later date.