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The main aim of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre for Males was to culturally strengthen the family, bring awareness and responsibility to the male for their actions and their role as a father/husband, and to keep the family together.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre for Males, situated in Preston, Victoria, was run by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VACSAL) and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services (VAHS). This program provided a safe and welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males dealing with complex issues, including family violence. Men were referred to this program through various community services. They received support and counselling through the program, and their progress and attendance is monitored. This process involved the husband/father, wife/mother, and the children. Services were available to the whole family.
Abstract adapted from the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander centre for males
201 Bell Street
Preston Vic 3072
Ph: (03) 9487 3000
Free call: 1800 352 624 (1800 DJAMBI)
Fax: (03) 9484 8587