Position: DVCS Senior Crisis Intervention Employee
When did you start working with DVCS: November 2012
Why did you want to work with DVCS: Coming from the UK, I was amazed that a service like DVCS existed. I had previously been a Police Officer for eight years and had dealt with DFV incidents every single shift. I was always disappointed with how the victims were provided with limited information about Court and were not provided with ongoing appropriate services to support them. I realised that DVCS filled this gap in the ACT and was also open to the clients that don’t want to engage Police. I wanted to be a part of that.
What is your favourite thing about working at DVCS: Everyone reacts differently when you talk about DV. Some people are quiet, others ask lots of questions or share experiences. It’s the same with the job. You never know hat you will face each day. I can be challenging, however it is extremely rewarding.
Why do you think organisations like DVCS are important: The whole community sector within the ACT is important. DVCS is part of this much larger puzzle. Whilst working I try to work collaboratively with other services to ensure that the clients’ needs are being met at different stages.
What would be the one message you want people to take away from reading about you: We are here. You are amazing for calling us, that takes a lot of courage. The staff at DVCS feel truly blessed for being at the organisation and will continue to work hard for clients every single day, no matter how late it may be!