Victorian domestic violence groups unite for greater impact
23 November 2021 at 5:23 pm
Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRCV) will now operate under the same name of Safe and Equal
The new peak body for domestic violence in Victoria has officially launched, promising to deliver stronger and better resourced services supporting victim survivors of domestic abuse in Victoria.
The official launch of Safe and Equal comes after the boards and members of DV Vic and DVRCV voted to merge in March 2020.
Backed by over 30 years of combined experience in advocacy and innovation for change in the family violence sector, the peak body’s focus will be on increasing and strengthening its capacity to support specialist services through an ever-changing landscape.
Safe and Equal CEO, Tania Farha, said that it was a partnership that made sense.
“The roles of DV Vic and DVRCV have always been highly complementary, with closely aligned visions, purpose and values, and frequent collaboration in advocacy and campaigning,” Farha said.
“This merger provides the specialist family violence sector with a peak organisation that has more reach than ever before, across the continuum of prevention to recovery.”
The name was selected following extensive consultation and feedback from victim survivors, and represents the organisation’s vision; a world beyond family and gender-based violence, where women, children and all people from marginalised communities are safe, thriving and respected.
Find out more about the new organisation here.