About us

Standing alongside survivors of family violence for 45 years.

Kara Family Violence Service is a not-for-profit organisation providing safety, support and education for people affected by family violence.

Our specialist service provides high-security crisis accommodation, case management, outreach support, secondary consultations, and community education programs across the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

We support those experiencing family violence, including women and children of all ages. We are committed to the inclusion and safety of people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

We understand the complexities of family violence providing programs and services that empower victim-survivors toward a life free of violence.

550 women
supported with advice, emotional support, secure accommodation and safety planning in 2022–23
of crisis accommodation provided in 2022–23
of children
we worked with had experienced family violence in 2022-23
different cultures
represented across the people we supported in 2022–23
Our vision
Kara Family Violence Service supports women and children to live safely without fear of violence.
Our mission
To support women and children impacted by family and intimate partner violence.

We’re working to achieve our vision and mission in four key ways:

Advocate on behalf of a diverse client base and the rights of women and children at risk of violence in our community
Deliver responsive, adaptable, services in accordance with feminist best practice, that transform the lives of women and children
Increase awareness of domestic and family violence in our community and contribute to changing attitudes and behaviours towards gender inequity
Secure the future of our organisation and enable innovation and meet service demand
Our people

Kara Family Violence Service Board

We are grateful for the skills, expertise, oversight and passion our Board contributes as part of our work supporting people affected by family violence.
Shelley Tung
Vice Chair
Dr Angela Spinney
Shraddha Gatiya
Aislinn Martin
Dr Ilsa Evans
Geraldine Bilston
Carly Hobday
Victoria Kladouhos

Who we work with

Meet our community, sector partners and supporters.
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