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FAMILY SUPPORT
Refugee families face a unique range of challenges both before and after arriving in Australia. For example, some families have spent a lot of time apart or individuals might find themselves with new roles and responsibilities they have not previously known. ARA's support services for families include group activities such as parenting courses and cultural support groups; as well as services for individual families such as family and relationship counselling, and crisis support.
PARENTING COURSES
Parenting in the New Land is a parenting program supporting parents to establish a health relationship with their child by focussing on early development and attachment. The program also supports them to access community services. Funded by Communities for Children, ARA is contracted by the Salvation Army to deliver the parenting program to CALD communities. This program is delivered once a term for five sessions.
CASEWORK AND COUNSELLING FOR FAMILIES
FAMILY CASEWORK (INCLUDING YOUTH)
Support, referrals, information and linkages to services on a range of issues such as wellbeing, accommodation and financial services. Intensive casework is provided by the Specialised Intensive Services.
FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING
A counselling service to promote and strengthen health family relationships, improve children's wellbeing and strengthen community functioning. Counselling is appropriate for people who are survivors, at risk or who are currently experiencing family or domestic violence, or family breakdown.
CASEWORK FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILDREN AT RISK
ARA provides a specialised case management service for clients who are experiencing domestic and family violence or supporting families in which children are at risk. Case managers focus on the needs of the clients, assisting clients to link to crisis services and work with other organisations to support clients to access supports and services relevant to their needs. Support can be long-term if required.
COMMUNITIES FOR CHANGE PROGRAM
Communities for Change is a peer-led awareness project working with refugee communities in the prevention of family, domestic and sexual violence. Led by an ARA project officer, the project will be delivered in partnership with volunteer community educators recruited from over 15 refugee communities.

The educators will undertake multi-faceted training provided by AMES Australia based on their successful CALD Prevention of Violence Against Women project as well as DV Alert training to ensure educators can obtain relevant knowledge about domestic and family violence. On completion of training, educators will plan, promote and deliver workshops with their communities.

They will provide information related to family and domestic violence and lead discussions to encourage their community’s understanding, uptake and support for values of gender equality and respectful relationships. Donations from ARA's supporters have made a valuable contribution to this program.
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