The Principles that guide us
- Domestic, family, and sexual violence is prevalent, pervasive and a serious human rights violation.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people know best what their communities need and want, and we are committed to listening deeply to these needs and embedding reconciliation in practice.
- Everyone has the right to live without fear from violence.
- The use of violence is a choice and people need to be held responsible and accountable for their choices.
- We operate from an intersectional feminist framework, acknowledging that domestic and family violence is gender-based violence, predominantly perpetrated by men against women and children.
- It is critical that we continue to learn from and include diverse voices of survivors and culturally diverse communities when seeking to prevent violence.
- We acknowledge and respect the abilities, strengths, goals and needs of people living with disability.
- We acknowledge and are responsive to the unique needs and challenges experienced by the LGBTQ+ community.
- We acknowledge the value of including the voice of culturally and linguistically diverse populations in our work.
- We understand and are adaptable to meet different needs and challenges experienced by people living in regional, rural and remote areas.
- We acknowledge the different priorities and concerns for different age groups, including young people and elders.
- We provide inclusive services that are evidence-based and trauma informed.
- We are committed to working collaboratively as part of a broader system.
We are trustworthy and act with honesty, always holding ourselves to a high level of ethical standards.
We treat those we support and each other with patience, kindness, empathy and care.
We lead by example, are transparent and solution focused and take ownership for our decisions and actions.
We treat all people with dignity, equity and value each other’s contribution.
We support and inspire all people to have a voice and be able to make choices to enable them to grow in strength, confidence and knowledge. We support all people to voice their needs and provide access to options, enabling self-determination.
Our Services and Programs
DVConnect also provides the state-wide Sexual Assault Helpline for anyone who has been impacted by sexual abuse, including friends and family of survivors of assault, whether recent or historic.
In addition, DVConnect provides VictimConnect, a new program supporting people impacted by violent crime in Queensland, and clinical oversight as well as specialist counselling services under the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service, 1800RESPECT.
DVConnect works in partnership with the RSPCA Queensland to provide safe accommodation for pets accompanying individuals escaping domestic, family and sexual violence. DVConnect also operates Bella’s Sanctuary, a medium-term transitional accommodation residence for women and children after leaving shelter.
Our expert training team provide tailored training options to business, organisations, government departments and services to help people, recognise and respond to domestic and family violence in the workplace. Find out more about our Workplace Training here.