Support Groups

We know that domestic violence affects all members of families – children, women and men – so DVCS provides a variety of groups to achieve our vision of a world free from violence and abuse.

Our 2017 Support Group Program offers four focused nine groups providing support opportunities for people with diverse situations and goals.  The groups (except Upskilling) are led by facilitators with extensive experience in domestic violence and group facilitation.  Upskilling sessions are led by professionals in their area of expertise.  All groups are free of charge.

Please continue to check back here for updated information and the introduction of any new groups.

Groups for Women 

Stepping Forward is suitable for women wanting to reconnect socially after domestic violence.

The group gets together each week to go for a relaxed 20-30 minute walk and catch-up at a local cafe.

Venue: Tuggeranong and Gungahlin

Day and Time: fortnightly sessions, held during school terms

Children: Children under school age are welcome

Moving On is suitable for women ready to develop strategies and personal resources for moving on after domestic violence, learning from and supporting each other.

Venue: To be advised

Day and Time: Weekly sessions during regular business hours and outside of regular business hours

Children: Assistance with childcare is available for children under school age2P

Upskilled is suitable for any woman (regardless of relationship status and whether they have experienced domestic or family violence) who wants to learn the basics of car maintenance, house maintenance, become more financially, computer or social media savvy and learn about the different sports available to children in Canberra.  Women can attend one or more, but bookings are essential for each session and should be done by clicking on the relevant link below.

Time: All sessions are between 6.00pm and 7.30pm

16 May – Personal Banking

28 June – IT and Social Media Safety and Information

22 August – Car Maintenance 

20 September – Sports for Children

19 October – Home Maintenance

16 November – Family and Individual Support Services in the ACT


19BGroups for Children

Seasons for Growth is a program for children aged 9 to 12 years who would like to meet with other children who have experienced family changes due to domestic violence.  The program uses games, drawing and fun to assist with connecting and sharing, and is facilitated by Marymead and DVCS staff.

Venue: To be advised

Day and Time: Nine, weekly sessions from 3.30pm to 5.00pm during school term


20BGroups for Men

Fathering After Separation is an eight session group that works with fathers to take charge of the impact of separation on their own lives and those of their children.

DVCS recognises the importance of fathers in children’s lives and provides support to fathers to improve the wellbeing of their children, the children’s mother and the father themselves.

Venue: Northside

Day and Time: Eight, weekly sessions to be held of an evening with a light meal included


To register your interest in one of our groups please complete the form below and we will contact you shortly.

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 Stepping Forward Moving On Upskilled Seasons for Growth Fathering after Separation

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