What is the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS)?

What:

DVCS is a feminist-informed community organisation that seeks to address violence and abuse in family and intimate partner relationships and to promote respect in these relationships.

We encourage people who use violence and abuse in family and intimate partner relationships to take responsibility for, and cease, this behaviour.

Who:

DVCS supports all people affected by domestic/family violence. This includes people who are subjected to violence and abuse and people who use violence and abuse. Notwithstanding this, our service does prioritise the needs of people subjected to violence and abuse.

DVCS recognises that the majority of people subjected to violence and abuse in family and intimate partner relationships are women and children, and that children are particularly vulnerable. Men too are subjected to violence and abuse and we encourage them to contact us.

DVCS supports all people subjected to violence or abuse regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds, immigration status, gender, age, sexual orientation, and all religions, cultural and ethnic backgrounds 

How:

DVCS provides 24/7:

  1. Attendance with ACT Policing at, or just after, incidents to support those affected;
  2. Telephone crisis counselling and support;
  3. Information about relevant services and safety options;
  4. Access to emergency accommodation;
  5. Advocacy and support during Court proceedings, both civil and criminal;
  6. Support Groups;
  7. One on one outreach to children and their families who experience of have witnessed violence;
  8. Case Tracking (when the person using violence is charged with an offence);
  9. Information about relevant services and safety options;
  10. Provide a link between people subjected to violence and other authorities; and
  11. Community Education and Training.

If you are concerned about someone’s behaviour we encourage you to call our crisis line on 02 6280 0900 to discuss further. We do not make any sound recordings of our conversations, but we do record that we spoke to you. This record can be made anonymously. If you are unsure, please speak to our crisis workers at the commencement of the call.

What is Domestic Violence, Family Violence and Intimate Partner Violence?

Domestic Violence, Family Violence and Intimate Partner Violence all falls under the same umbrella. It is violence and abuse that occurs within the family unit and intimate partner relationships.

It occurs when a family member or partner exerts power and control over their family member(s) or partner. The relationship can include spouses, partners, siblings, parents and children.

It can take many forms and includes physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse.

It does not have to occur within the home or between people who are living together.

It affects people of all ages, races, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Please contact us here should you wish to discuss your options further. You can contact us anonymously. We do not make any sound recordings of our conversations, but we do record that we spoke to you. This record can be made anonymously. If you are unsure, please speak to our crisis workers at the commencement of the call.

Latest news

DVCS research project with ANROWS

May 21, 2015

DVCS recently spent time in Alice Springs as part of the Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) project.

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2015 National Day of Remembrance - Wednesday 6 May 2015

May 7, 2015

On a cold Canberra evening, those from the ACT community remembered lives lost to domestic and family violence.

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WHCM wants feedback!

April 28, 2015

The Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM) wants to hear first-hand from women in the ACT....

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