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What does DVConnect do?

     

    DVConnect believes everyone deserves to live a life free from violence. DVConnect helps Queenslanders find pathways to safety, away from domestic, family and sexual violence. We help women, men and children regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, gender identification or religion. We also help pets of those escaping a violent home.

    DVConnect is a not-for-profit organisation that has provided state-wide specialist domestic and family violence crisis counselling, intervention, information, referrals, safety planning and pathways to safety, (emergency transport and safe accommodation) for almost 20 years.

    DVConnect operates helplines; Womensline and Mensline, as well the Queensland Sexual Assault Helpline.

    Womensline is Queensland’s only free, 24/7 state-wide service available for any Queenslander identifying as a female who is experiencing domestic and family violence. Womensline arranges practical assistance such as emergency transport and accommodation, as well as safety planning, crisis counselling and intervention. Womensline receives one call for help every 7 minutes. Womensline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2002. Access Womensline by calling 1800 811 811 anytime 24/7.

    DVConnect acknowledges the differential impacts and intersectional experience of violence in terms of prevalence, risk, severity of violence, culture and identity for Indigenous women, young women, pregnant women, women who are separating, women living in regional and remote Queensland and women living with disability.

    DVConnect Mensline is a free, telephone crisis counselling referral, information and support line for any Queenslander identifying as male. Mensline offers counselling, referral and support for both men who are experiencing violence, as well as men who are using violence in their relationships, to help them amend their behaviours. Mensline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2002. Mensline is accessible by calling Mensline 1800 600 636 between 9am – midnight, 7 days.

    The Sexual Assault Helpline is a free telephone support and counselling to any Queenslander, regardless of gender identification who has been sexually assaulted or abused. It is also for those who are concerned someone they care about might have been assaulted/abused. The Sexual Assault Helpline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2009. It is accessible by calling 1800 010 120 between 7.30am – 11.30pm, 7 days.

    DVConnect is also a specialist trauma counselling partner of 1800RESPECT, the 24/7 National confidential online and telephone specialist counselling, information and referral service. 1800RESPECT provides support for people experiencing, or who are at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence, their friends and family, as well as workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing violence.

    Often the safety of pets is seen as a barrier to not leaving an abusive relationship. In response to this, DVConnect operates Pets In Crisis in collaboration with RSPCA QLD to ensure pets of families who are escaping violence have safe alternative accommodation.

    DVConnect provides DV Workplace Training and policy assistance to help organisations recognise and respond to the signs of domestic and family violence so they can help employees who may be experiencing or using domestic and family violence.

    DVConnect believes that domestic and family violence ends with a community-wide integrated response. Guided by this principal DVConnect partnered with Mirvac Residential and Queensland builders Halcyon, together with 90 building industry suppliers to build Bella’s Sanctuary. Bella’s Sanctuary is a purpose-built 5 unit, 19 bed transitional housing residence on the Gold Coast. It provides longer term accommodation to women and children once they have left a refuge/shelter, to give them time to rebuild their lives after experiencing trauma. There is a void of transitional housing of this kind, which is a contributing factor to women becoming homeless after leaving domestic violence as often they believe their only other choice is returning to their abuser. This facility does not receive any funding, it relies on the generosity of the community to fund the ongoing operation of Bella’s Sanctuary.

    DVConnect employs 100 Queenslanders and has its head office in Brisbane, although it services the entire state of Queensland.

    DVConnect is extremely grateful for the support of corporate partners QSuper, Mirvac Residential, Halcyon, Maurice Blackburn, Impact Office Supplies, Queensland Rail and RSPCA QLD. As well as every single one of our donors. Together, they are doing their part to end to domestic violence.  QSuper have funded a full-time Crisis Counsellor every year since 2016, meaning 4000 additional calls can now be answered yearly. More  Halcyon, Mirvac and 90 generous building suppliers built Bella’s Sanctuary, a $1.7m bridging-accommodation residence. More  RSPCA Queensland operate the Pets In Crisis Program that cares for pets while their families are relocating to safe accommodation. More  Queensland Rail donate complimentary long-haul travel to families who need to leave the town or city they reside in because of violence. More Our partners share our vision of an Australian community that is free from domestic, family and sexual violence. 

    DVConnect is a Registered Charity (Public Benevolent Institution entity subtype) with the ACNC. DVConnect is endorsed by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient and has authority to fundraise in Queensland under Charity Number CH1459. Donations over $2 are tax deductable.

     

    Our Vision

    All relationships are free from domestic, family and sexual violence.

    Our Mission

    Through collaboration we enable seamless pathways from violence to safety and beyond.

    Our Values

    • Respect
    • Safety
    • Equality
    • Accountability
    • Empowerment

    We can help you

    Call 1800 811 811

    Thank you for your help, for everything you have done for me over the last few days. Your services are more than impressive and impeccable for anyone who may be in danger or in need of help of any kind. I may not be here today without your protection and the services you provided me. It is amazing to know there are people out there that give their absolute best to keep others safe, because they can and they care. Before making the call to you I felt too ashamed and far too proud to ask anyone for help. But now I feel strong knowing that I had the courage to put my hand up and ask for help. It saved my life! 

    Sarah, Gold Coast

    Your donation will help us...

    • Provide support to women and children to re-build their lives in our bridging accommodation.
    • Provide emergency transport and accommodation for women and children in crisis due to domestic and family violence.
    • Provide safety planning, crisis counselling and information to those impacted by violence.
    • Educate Queenslanders on how to help family/friends/colleagues who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic and family violence.