Who We Are

& What We Do

Yemaya Women’s Support Service

Yemaya is a West African, Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean mother goddess, the protector of women and the goddess of home, fertility, love and family. Like water she represents change and constancy – bringing forth life, protecting it and changing it as necessary. She reminds women to take time out for themselves and to nurture their own needs.

What we do:

 

Yemaya is a free and confidential service providing ongoing support to women who are or have been experiencing abusive relationships. This service is available to ALL women regardless of background, nationality, disability or sexual preference. We define domestic violence as the abuse of power by one person over another which occurs in the following ways:

  • Physical abuse

  • Psychological abuse

  • Economic abuse

  • Social abuse

  • Sexual abuse, including sexual assault

  • Spiritual abuse

 

The overwhelming majority of domestic violence survivors are women. This service is for women only.

We believe:

  • A woman’s perception of her past, present and future

  • Domestic violence is a crime and should be reflected in legal sanctions

  • Domestic violence is an abuse of power and is primarily directed towards women by men and is a matter of public concern and action

  • Violence is always unacceptable and is never justified

  • Women have a right to be safe

  • Domestic violence or abuse is a reflection of the inequalities between men and women in society and does not occur as a result of poor impulses or anger control

 

We provide the following services to individual women:

  • We are available for women to talk about their situation

  • Contact may be made by phone, at the service, at a safe place of a woman’s choice or by home visits (if safe)

  • We are available to support women when attending legal or Court appointments

  • We will advocate for women with other services including Housing, Health, Centrelink and Legal Services

  • We provide information to women about other services in the community

  • We assist women to clarify their options

  • We can meet with women at other services if preferred

We facilitate support groups;

  • We are happy to run groups if we have enough women interested in participating

  • Groups are aimed at providing a safe environment in which women can share their experiences and discuss issues including the cycle of abuse, anger, assertiveness, effects on children or other subjects requested by participants

  • We are able to speak to community groups and schools about domestic violence and our service

We offer confidentiality to women who contact us. This means that no information about a woman is given out to anyone outside the agency without her informed consent

Children:

Women have found that bringing their children to an appointment has not worked well. Children often get upset when their mums are upset. They often get bored and restless and should not be hearing you telling us about the abuse. This is your time. Most women who have used the service have found that organising child-care for their children when they visit the service is necessary.

Please let us know if you have any problems regarding this as we can assist you to access child-care.

Who We Are

& What We Do

Yemaya Women’s Support Service

Yemaya is a West African, Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean mother goddess, the protector of women and the goddess of home, fertility, love and family. Like water she represents change and constancy – bringing forth life, protecting it and changing it as necessary. She reminds women to take time out for themselves and to nurture their own needs.

What we do:

 

Yemaya is a free and confidential service providing ongoing support to women who are or have been experiencing abusive relationships. This service is available to ALL women regardless of background, nationality, disability or sexual preference. We define domestic violence as the abuse of power by one person over another which occurs in the following ways:

  • Physical abuse

  • Psychological abuse

  • Economic abuse

  • Social abuse

  • Sexual abuse, including sexual assault

  • Spiritual abuse

 

The overwhelming majority of domestic violence survivors are women. This service is for women only.

We believe:

  • A woman’s perception of her past, present and future

  • Domestic violence is a crime and should be reflected in legal sanctions

  • Domestic violence is an abuse of power and is primarily directed towards women by men and is a matter of public concern and action

  • Violence is always unacceptable and is never justified

  • Women have a right to be safe

  • Domestic violence or abuse is a reflection of the inequalities between men and women in society and does not occur as a result of poor impulses or anger control

 

We provide the following free services to individual women:

  • We are available for women to talk about their situation

  • Contact may be made by phone, at the service, at a safe place of a woman’s choice or by home visits (if safe)

  • We are available to support women when attending legal or Court appointments

  • We will advocate for women with other services including Housing, Health, Centrelink and Legal Services

  • We provide information to women about other services in the community

  • We assist women to clarify their options

  • We can meet with women at other services if preferred

We facilitate support groups;

  • We are happy to run groups if we have enough women interested in participating

  • Groups are aimed at providing a safe environment in which women can share their experiences and discuss issues including the cycle of abuse, anger, assertiveness, effects on children or other subjects requested by participants

  • We are able to speak to community groups and schools about domestic violence and our service

We offer confidentiality to women who contact us. This means that no information about a woman is given out to anyone outside the agency without her informed consent

Children:

Women have found that bringing their children to an appointment has not worked well. Children often get upset when their mums are upset. They often get bored and restless and should not be hearing you telling us about the abuse. This is your time. Most women who have used the service have found that organising child-care for their children when they visit the service is necessary.

Please let us know if you have any problems regarding this as we can assist you to access child-care.

Yemaya