Day 14 – Dr Judy Putt, DVCS Board Member

Name: Dr Judy Putt

Position: DVCS Board Member

When did you start working with DVCS: I joined the DVCS Board in late 2015.  Prior to that I was involved for more than a year in a major research project with DVCS and two other services in Central Australia.  I was once a frontline worker and have had a long history of undertaking research related to domestic and family violence.  I feel honoured to be involved with an organisation that provides direct and practical help to so many individuals and groups – especially women and their families in our community.

Why did you want to work/volunteer with DVCS: I became very aware of the vital services that DVCS provides through my involvement in the research project. As a small independent organisation DVCS provides an amazing range of services and advocates for change within a limited budget. Those who are subjected to domestic and family violence (DFV), and those who use violence, often don’t know who to turn to for help and support. DVCS is there for them. I am especially impressed by the commitment and the skills of the staff, and the ethos and values of the organisation that underpin what they do.

What is your favourite thing about working at DVCS: The opportunity to meet and work with others who are passionate about reducing domestic and family violence, and who are also great fun to hang around with.

How would you like to see the DFV landscape change over the next year: Over the next year I’d like to see a wide and increasing range of sponsors, community and government organisations and individuals continue to support DVCS and for the programs that DVCS has just started to become established and well used and recognised by the community.

What would be the one message you want people to take away from reading about you: A wide range of people and organisations need to support DVCS in whatever way they can.