Family Action was formed following a 2 year collaboration project between Waitakere Abuse and Trauma Counselling Service (WATCS), Western Refuge (WRS) and ManAlive. At the beginning of 2012 it was decided that WATCS and WRS should merge.
WATCS was formed in 1989 following a community initiative to produce a resource for children who had been sexually abused in West Auckland. Over time services expanded to include women, children and families who had experienced domestic violence, abuse and trauma. Recent developments include a contract for sexual violence from MSD and a sensitive claims contract with ACC.
WRS began 30 years ago and provided refuge housing, outreach and advocacy was added approximately 15 years ago and represented the larger portion of the WRS services. WRS has provided a court advocacy service for victims of family violence inside the family violence court for the last 10 years and is the only external NGO victim service inside a court in New Zealand.
Our clinical team of staff are made up of qualified and experienced social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and art therapists. They are skilled in working to help adults, youth, children and families who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. They are assisted by our administration team who will help clients to access the right services.
Our work is supported by the Ministry of Social Development, and the Ministry of Justice. We are a registered supplier for ACC Sensitive Claims.
Michelle has 25 years’ experience in the health and social service sector as a practitioner and in management.
She is passionate about making sure that clients get the very best service and are able to make the most of opportunities that become available to gain healthy rewarding and safe lives.
Family Action encourages women and children to achieve their potential and Michelle is proud to be a part of that work.
We offer groups for women who wish to move away from the cycle of violence, “Women in Action – Wahine Toa” , for youth and children who have experience or witnessed abuse, “Youth in Action – Rangitahi Toa” and “Children in Action – Tamariki Toa”.
We offer a safe, confidential and empowering service. Our profession al team are all qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, art therapists and psychologists. We are approved by ACC, Ministry of Justice and CYF. We are partly funded by the government and any additional costs are negotiable.
Family Action provides a caring and confidential place where you can talk about issues in your relationship and the violence or abuse that you are experience or have experienced. No appointment needed.
Your needs and wishes will always be respected by us. The care and safety of you and your children is our priority.
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