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 groups to people with diverse situations and goals.  The groups (except Upskilled) are led by facilitators with extensive experience in domestic violence and group facilitation.  Upskilled 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: North Canberra

Day and Time: Fortnightly sessions on Friday from 10am to 11.30am, 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.

Each Wednesday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm from 25 October to 13 December in Central Canberra

Saturday Gatherings is a welcoming monthly gathering for women and children from diverse cultural and language backgrounds who no longer live with domestic or family violence and are interested in meeting safely with other women.

Venue: North Canberra

Day and Time: Saturday afternoons commencing in October


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

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: North Canberra

Day and Time: Weekly sessions on Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5.00pm commencing 11 October 2017


Groups for Men

Room4Change is a new service for men who want to change their violent and/or controlling behaviours.  This includes individualised support and a men’s behaviour change group, within a six month program.  Room4Change runs an eight week introductory group for men starting their journey toward non-violent relationships, Emerge.  Emerge runs each school term.

Emerge then leads into a 20 week mens behaviour change program called Taking Responsibility for Respectful Relationships.

For those who have completed the six month Room4Change program, a 17 week group for fathers, Caring Dads, helps fathers to recognise and prioritise their children’s needs and to use healthy parenting strategies.


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

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