Interact Support

Low cost support in family law and more. Helping to prevent family violence.

 

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Work Placements

Interact Support provides supervision and placement opportunities for CHC81115 – Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution trainees from Mediation Institute. and other training organisations. 

 

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Volunteers

Interact Support invites Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners and Lawyers interested in volunteering their knowledge and experience to provide services to clients who are experiencing genuine hardship.

 

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Donations

Sadly the safety net in Family Law is full of holes contributing to vulnerable people staying in environments of high conflict and abuse. If you would like to support our work please get in touch.

 

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Social Enterprise Model Not-For-Profit

Interact Support is a not-for-profit however we do not rely on government funding. We are using a social enterprise model to build a sustainable service where those who can afford to pay for services are expected to do so and those funds help to subsidise those who are experiencing hardship.

 

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Technology

We make use of technology when and how we can to keep costs low and make our services accessible.
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Communication

Improving communication is central to everything we do. Our goal is to empower clients with knowledge and skills.

Problem Solvers

We work in collaboration with other services when and how we can to make sure clients can access the best and most cost effective services available.

Support

We all need compassion, respect and support no matter what.  We work with family members to make sure that you have the support in place you need to be OK and to be OK as parents.
Our Vision for the future

Our Vision

Our Vision is that everyone in Australia has the skills and desire to relate with other people in a respectful way.

That they have the ability and desire to achieve their goals in life without causing harm to others, especially their family members.

We are working towards this goal by providing services to help people leave harmful relationships.

We are also working towards helping people to develop healthy interpersonal communication and emotional intelligence giving them the skills they need to develop healthy relationships.

Why the dove? Because sometimes peace needs a helping hand.

Our Story

Interact Support is a not-for-profit established by a group of Family Lawyers and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners in 2015 to help reduce family violence by overcoming gaps in the Family Law system.

Our mission is to reduce the harm caused by interpersonal conflict and violence. We support programs that help people to deal with family law issues and interpersonal conflict.

One of our high priorities is in helping to reduce the cost and harm associated with family law disputes. We are a secular, community based not-for-profit organization working on social enterprise principals delivering service excellence driven by our focus towards the needs of our clients.

We work with our clients, other professionals and service providers to design, develop and deliver services that meet the specific unmet needs of our client groups.

New programs are often being developed, trialed and implemented if they achieve good outcomes for clients.

We also actively invite professionals who have aligned services to contact us to discuss a collaboration if the services align with our mission of preventing, reducing and resolving family conflict and violence.

Our Values

Values are the things that a person or group believe are important. The values that Interact Support holds most dear are:

  • Respect – for people’s rights and wishes. We work with our clients to make sure they understand their rights and obligations under Family Law and also to understand their goals and ambitions for themselves and their families.
  • Effectiveness – we want our services to deliver what they promise and encourage and respond to feedback from clients.
  • Transparency and Confidentiality – many of our services are confidential with our clients controlling what information is released. Within that understanding that people have the right to determine what information they share we are very clear and upfront about our services, legal obligations regarding full disclosure in property matters and situations that may lead to us breaking confidentiality in order to protect people and property. What you say to us is safe unless you are not safe to others.
  • Collaboration – collaboration means different people working together to achieve a shared goal. Whenever we can we collaborate with other services and encourage our clients to establish shared goals and collaborate on achieving them.
  • Innovation – we are constantly looking for new ways to improve the quality of our services and to find new ways to assist our clients. While we use systems and processes to ensure that our services are effective we’re always looking for ways to improve and innovate.

Our Practitioners.

All Interact Support Practitioners are independently accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners.

Joanne Law

Joanne Law

Program Manager

Joanne is one of the founders of Interact Support. Establishing the not-for-profit is part of her mission to  reduce interpersonal conflict and prevent violence in the homes and workplaces of  Australia.

Joanne is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Joanne is based in Melbourne but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone and face to face from the Interact Support office in Bentleigh East by appointment.

Listen to a personal message from Joanne Law

Breanna Catania

Breanna Catania

Interact Support Practitioner

Breanna is an Interact Support Practitioner located in Perth, Western Australia.

Breanna is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.  She is an experienced Family Lawyer however practices exclusively as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner at this time.

Breanna is based in Perth but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone and face to face by appointment.

 

Paul Kenna

Paul Kenna

Legal Advisor

Paul is a founder of Interact Support.

He is an experienced Family Lawyer who was moved to create Interact after observing the issues for people attempting to navigate the Family Law Minefield.

Paul provides Separation and Divorce Consultations for Interact Support as well as supervision for our Interact Support Practitioners and services.

He is based in Melbourne and does face to face consultations from our Bentleigh East office as well as over the phone or web meeting.

Cynthia Brooking

Cynthia Brooking

Interact Support Practitioner

Cynthia is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.

She has extensive experience working with clients from all different backgrounds including refugees and troubled youth. She has first hand experience with what can happen to children when families get it wrong when separating and divorcing.

Cynthia is based in Brisbane but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone.

Ken Speakman

Ken Speakman

Queensland Program Manager

Ken joined the Interact Support leadership Team in our second year of operation.

He is a mentor for other mediators and provides our local support for our Queensland operations.

Ken is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Ken is based in Brisbane but works with clients nationally through Video Meeting and phone.

Gill Enterkin

Gill Enterkin

Interact Support Practitioner

Gill is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

She has a background as a teacher.

She’s based in the Blue Mountains in NSW and delivers services for Interact Support via Video Meeting and Phone as well as face to face by appointment.

Client Feedback

We post client feedback to provide recognition to our practitioners but do not provide indication of names, genders or details of the clients to protect their confidentiality.

I did want to say how impressed I was with Gill and her very professional, calm and supportive manner.

Client following a video pre-mediation session with Gill

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