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Northern Integrated Family
Violence Services Partnership
For professionals supporting the
safety of victim survivors in Melbourne's
northern metropolitan region

Long-term Funding for Young People using Violence in the Home Response

Berry Street’s therapeutic service, Take Two has received long-term funding to continue their work providing whole-of-family services for families with young people using violence in the home in the northern metropolitan region.

The Wattle Project offers support to young people (12-17 years) and their families, who are concerned about a young person’s use of unsafe behaviour at home.

The goal of the Wattle Project, in collaboration with the young people’s families, is to see improvements in safety, communication, and relationships for both the young person and their families. The service delivers a trauma-informed whole-of-family response to increase safety and improve relationships within the family home, while also meeting the young person’s developmental and therapeutic needs.

The program recognises the many overlapping intersections leading to a young person’s use of unsafe behaviour in the home including experiencing family violence themselves, intergenerational trauma, disability or developmental delays, and other factors related to the family’s circumstances.

Services including counselling, therapy, case management, creative arts groups, caregiving workshops, as well as financial assistance. To make a referral, please email:

The role of Senior Clinician in the team is being advertised. Find out more.

Why is it called The Wattle Project?

Trees symbolise life, growth, change and transition. Wattle trees are known for their healing properties and represent strength, resilience and a fresh start. The Wattle Project recognises that like tree roots, our history and past experiences often go unseen. Experiencing hard times is like stormy weather, affecting how young people deal with overwhelming feelings and stress. It’s important to know that survival and even growth is always possible when facing these storms. At times a young person may need some extra support to cope, in the same way a tree may need extra care to protect it from a storm. Just like a tree that requires water, soil and sunlight to allow it to flourish, the Wattle Project works with young people to find new directions for growth.

(Source: Take Two email, 20.2.22)