Position: DVCS Support Group Employee
When did you start working with DVCS: October 2015
What is your favourite thing about working at DVCS: It is exciting to see people progress from feeling so unsafe, with rock bottom self-esteen to discovering their inner strength to face the road ahead. As one of the support group facilitators, I get to see how women regain their confidence to step forward, connect with others who have experienced a similar journey and learn strategies to move on with their lives.
What do you think is unique about DVCS: I think that DVCS is a pretty unique organisation where clients can be supported by our service at different points of their journey. Our service is renowned for it’s work in the crisis arena, but we are expanding our support group program to meet the diverse needs of women.
How would you like to see the DFV landscape change over the next year: A number of people coming along to DVCS support groups also have matters progressing through the Family Law Courts that seem to take a long time to resolve, resulting in an enormous impact on families over many years. I would like to see politicians and policy makers hear form people first hand about their experiences and work together to improve the current system to be more timely and respectful.
What would be the one message you want people to take away from reading about you: When people ask me what I do for a job and I tell them, often they say “Wow, that must be a really difficult job.” Sure, working in this field can sometimes be challenging, but I get to see first hand the strength, resilience and determination of people that have experienced trauma and that gives me a lot of hope for their lives.