For many Victorian women and children, counselling and support services can provide a vital and validating source of support in which to rebuild a sense of self-esteem and confidence to live a life free from family violence.

These guidelines have been developed through a process of statewide consultation with practitioners who work to support women and children affected by family violence. The guidelines represent the standards of practice we expect to be provided to women and children and will guide quality practice and continuous improvement to ensure women and children receive the best support possible to rebuild and recover from the impact of family violence.