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

N-HARP (Northern Healing and Recovery Program)

9450 4700
Region: Northern Metropolitan

N-HARP provides a stepped care model of therapeutic interventions for victim survivors of family violence and their children and a range of services for adolescents who are using violence towards their parent, carer or siblings. Intervention options will be tailored and matched to children and their care-givers’ presenting symptoms, level of trauma exposure, family needs, and risk and protective factors.

The N-HARP model consists of:

  • An intake service that engages with the primary non-offending care-giver of children (from 0-18) who have experienced family violence, in order to gain an understanding of the child(ren)’s experiences and symptoms, and the treatment modality that is likely to best meet their needs.
  • Brief Relational based therapeutic assessments & interventions
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy intervention or individual and relational therapies incorporating Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for children and adult victim survivors care-givers experiencing severe symptoms or multiple risk factors.
  • A range of different therapeutic groups for children from infancy through to adolescence.
  • Case management, assertive outreach, assessment and therapeutic supports to young people aged 12-17 who are using violence towards their parent, carer or siblings.
  • The Promoting First Relationships out-reach program, that aims to repair and strength the relationship between young children and their primary care-givers who have experienced family violence.

Referrals into N-HARP are accepted from any external stakeholder. Referrers need to consult first and a family violence risk assessment needs to be completed. Self-referrals are also accepted. Practitioners can email

Berry Street’s Take Two – Restoring Childhood Program leads the N-HARP consortium in partnership with Berry Street’s Family Violence Counselling Program, Kids First Australia, inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, Rubix, Thorne Harbour Health and The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).