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  • How We Help

    9th July, 2020 | by

    How We Help

     

    DVConnect helps Queenslanders find pathways to safety, away from domestic, family and sexual violence. We do this by providing domestic violence help through Womensline and Mensline, as well as Sexual Assault help through operating the Queensland Sexual Assault Helpline, Trauma Counselling through 1800RESPECT, as well as help for pets through the Pets In Crisis Program. DVConnect also offers domestic, family and sexual violence education through Workplace Training. DVConnect also operate Bella’s Sanctuary a 5 unit medium-term accommodation residence that exists to provide women and children with a safe housing option after leaving a shelter/refuge.

     

    Domestic & Family Violence Help

    Womensline:  Crisis Counselling – Womensline is Queensland’s only 24/7 free, telephone state-wide service or any Queenslander identifying as a female who may be experiencing domestic and family violence. Womensline is available by calling 1800 811 811 anytime 24/7. Womensline arranges practical assistance such as emergency transport and emergency accommodation away from a violent home, as well as crisis counselling and intervention. Womensline receives one call every seven minutes. It has has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2002. Read Womensline Survivor Stories

    Mensline:  Crisis Counselling – Mensline is a free, telephone crisis counselling referral, information and support line for any Queenslander identifying as male. It is available by calling 1800 600 636 between 9am – midnight, 7 days. Mensline offers counselling, referral and support for both men who are experiencing domestic 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. Read Mensline Feedback

     

    Sexual Assault Help

    Sexual Assault Helpline:  Counselling – The Sexual Assault Helpline is a free telephone support and counselling to any Queenslander 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 can be accessed by calling 1800 010 120 between 7.30am – 11.30pm, 7 days. The Sexual Assault Helpline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2009. Read the Sexual Assault Survivor Stories

     

    Trauma Counselling

    1800RESPECT:  Counselling – DVConnect is 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.

     

    Help for Pets

    Pets In Crisis:  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 Program in collaboration with RSPCA QLD. This program ensure pets of families who are escaping violence have safe alternative accommodation.  The program cares for the pets of families experiencing domestic violence. It provides food, safe shelter, as well as veterinary services. Last financial year Pets In Crisis cared for almost 300 pets. Our Pets in Crisis program is administered by calling DVConnect on 1800 811 811. Read the Furry Survivor Stories

     

    Workplace Training & Policy Writing

    DVConnect provides tailored workplace training on domestic, family and sexual violence. The purpose of this training is to ensure Queensland organisations are able to do their part to support their employees who may be experiencing domestic, family and/or sexual violence. DVConnect also helps organisations create Domestic and Family Violence Policies. As an accredited specialist provider of domestic and family violence services, DVConnect has a deep understanding of the complex presentations, impacts and trauma as a consequence of domestic and family violence. We have an understanding of risk, and managing this risk, in collaboration with survivors, with the intention of keeping them safe and empowered. We acknowledge the differential impacts and intersectional experience of violence in terms of prevalence, risk, severity of violence, culture. As well as identity for Indigenous women, young women, pregnant women, women who are separating, women living in regional and remote Queensland and women living with disability.

     

    Bella’s Sanctuary

    DVConnect continues to be at the forefront in providing contemporary domestic and family violence support, adapting to the changing needs of Queenslanders impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence. On 27 August 2019, DVConnect officially opened Bella’s Sanctuary, our bridging accommodation residence for longer term housing for women and children affected by domestic and family violence.  DVConnect strongly believes that domestic and family violence ends with a community-wide integrated response. Guided by this principal and a focus on reducing homelessness following domestic violence, or victims returning to their abusers, we partnered with Mirvac Residential and Queensland builders Halcyon, together with 90 building industry suppliers. Together, we designed and constructed Australia’s first commercially funded bridging accommodation residence on the Gold Coast with a total in-kind contribution of almost $1.7 million. Read feedback from Bella’s Sanctuary past residents.

     

  • Survivor Stories

    19th May, 2020 | by

    Survivor Stories

    We receive a lot of survivor feedback from the Queenslanders we help. Below are a few who have agree to let us show their comments. 

    Read Womensline Survivor Stories. Read Mensline Feedback. Read Sexual Assault Survivor Stories. Read Pets In Crisis Survivor Stories

  • About Us

    17th March, 2020 | by

    Who is DVConnect?

    1. 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.
    2. DVConnect is a registered not-for-profit charity that has provided state-wide specialist domestic violence crisis counselling, intervention, information, referrals, safety planning and pathways to safety, (emergency transport and accommodation) for almost 20 years.
    3. DVConnect operates helplines; Womensline and Mensline, as well the Queensland Sexual Assault Helpline.
    4. Womensline is Queensland’s only free, 24/7 state-wide telephone service available for anyone identifying as a female who is experiencing domestic and family violence. DVConnect Womensline receives one call for help every 7 minutes. To access Womensline call 1800 811 811 anytime 24/7.
    5. 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 men who are experiencing violence, as well as men who are using violence, to help them amend their behaviours. To access Mensline call 1800 600 636 between 9am – midnight, 7 days.
    6. The Sexual Assault Helpline provides free telephone emotional support and referral pathways to any Queenslander, regardless of gender identification who has been sexually assaulted or abused. It is also for those who are unclear about what they have experienced, as well as those who are concerned about someone they know. To access the Sexual Assault Helpline call 1800 010 120 between 7.30am – 11.30pm, 7 days.
    7. DVConnect is a specialist trauma counselling partner of 1800RESPECT the 24/7 National confidential online and telephone specialist counselling, information and referral service.
    8. DVConnect operates Pets In Crisis in collaboration with RSPCA QLD to ensure pets of families who are escaping violence have safe alternative accommodation.
    9. DVConnect provides Workplace Domestic Violence Training and policy assistance to help educate Queensland workplaces on how to respond to the signs of domestic and family violence.
    10. DVConnect operates Bella’s Sanctuary, a purpose-built 5 unit, medium-term accommodation residence on the Gold Coast. It is available for Queensland women and children once they have left a refuge/shelter, giving them time to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence.

     

    Feminist Framework

    DVConnect operates from a feminist framework and we acknowledge that domestic, family and sexual violence is gender-based violence, predominantly perpetrated against women. 

     

    Helplines

    Womensline: Crisis Counselling

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

     

    Mensline:  Crisis Counselling

    • Mensline is a free, telephone crisis counselling referral, information and support line for any Queenslander identifying as male.
    • Mensline is available by calling 1800 600 636 between 9am – midnight, 7 days.
    • Mensline offers counselling, referral and support for both men who are experiencing domestic 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.

     

    Sexual Assault Helpline:  Counselling

    • The Sexual Assault Helpline is a free telephone support and counselling to any Queenslander 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 can be accessed by calling 1800 010 120 between 7.30am – 11.30pm, 7 days.
    • The Sexual Assault Helpline has been funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women since 2009.

     

    1800RESPECT:  Counselling

    • DVConnect is 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.

     

    Pets In Crisis:

    • 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 Program in collaboration with RSPCA QLD.
    • This program ensure pets of families who are escaping violence have safe alternative accommodation.
    • The program cares for the pets of families experiencing domestic violence. It provides food, safe shelter, as well as veterinary services.
    • Last financial year Pets In Crisis cared for almost 300 pets.
    • Our Pets in Crisis program is administered by calling DVConnect on 1800 811 811.

     

    Workplace DV Training & Policy

    • DVConnect provides tailored workplace training on domestic, family and sexual violence.
    • The purpose of this training is to ensure Queensland organisations are able to do their part to support their employees who may be experiencing domestic, family and/or sexual violence.
    • DVConnect also helps organisations create Domestic and Family Violence Policies. As an accredited specialist provider of domestic and family violence services, DVConnect has a deep understanding of the complex presentations, impacts and trauma as a consequence of domestic and family violence. We have an understanding of risk, and managing this risk, in collaboration with survivors, with the intention of keeping them safe and empowered. We acknowledge the differential impacts and intersectional experience of violence in terms of prevalence, risk, severity of violence, culture. As well as identity for Indigenous women, young women, pregnant women, women who are separating, women living in regional and remote Queensland and women living with disability.

     

    Bella’s Sanctuary

    • DVConnect continues to be at the forefront in providing contemporary domestic and family violence support, adapting to the changing needs of Queenslanders impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence.
    • On 27 August 2019, DVConnect officially opened Bella’s Sanctuary, our transitional housing residence for medium-term accommodation for women and children affected by domestic and family violence.  In September 2019, the first family moved into Bella’s Sanctuary.
    • DVConnect strongly believes that domestic and family violence ends with a community-wide integrated response. Guided by this principal and a focus on reducing homelessness following domestic violence, or victims returning to their abusers, we partnered with Mirvac Residential and Queensland builders Halcyon, together with 90 building industry suppliers. Together, we designed and constructed Australia’s first commercially funded bridging accommodation residence on the Gold Coast with a total in-kind contribution of almost $1.67 million.

     

    Registered Charity

    • DVConnect is a Registered Charity (Public Benevolent Institution entity subtype) with the ACNC. It is endorsed by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient has authority to fundraise in Queensland under Charity Number CH1459.

     

    Partners

    • QSuper have funded a full-time Crisis Counsellor every year since 2016. This means 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
    • Maurice Blackburn provide pro bono professional services, as well as fundraising throughout the year. More
    • Impact Office Supplies provide complimentary merchandise to help spread the DVConnect message. More
    • RSPCA Queensland operate and fund 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

     

    Awards

    In 2020 DVConnect was inducted into the Queensland Government’s inaugural Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll.

     

     

    Our Vision

    Our aim is for all relationships to be free from domestic, family and sexual violence.

    Our Purpose

    Creating pathways for a life free from violence and fear.

    Our Values

    • Integrity
    • Compassion
    • Accountability
    • Respect
    • Empowerment

     

    We can help you

    Call 1800 811 811

  • Fundraising Ideas

    25th February, 2020 | by

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    Fundraising ideas

    There are a lot of fun fundraising ideas that both raise awareness about the prevention of domestic and family violence, whilst raising funds for DVConnect, so we can continue to help Queenslanders find pathways to safety and live a life free from violence.

     

     

     

     

    Hold a Bake Sale

    Get your bake on to help those experiencing domestic and family violence. You could hold a Bake Sale at your workplace, or community space you like to attend. Whip up your favourite cupcakes, cakes, slices and sell them. You could encourage your workmates, or family and friends to do the same. Don’t forget to get permission from the location you want to sell them. If you’re looking for cupcake recipes, check out Taste.

     

    Hold a Sausage Sizzle

    A good old fashioned sausage sizzle is a perfect way to raise funds for DVConnect. Get permission from the location you want to hold the fundraiser, then either purchase, or ask local businesses to donate the items you need to make your sage sizzle. Most importantly, have fun and remember that this good deed will literally help change the lives of Queenslanders experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence.

     

    Hold a Purple Morning Tea purple morning tea

    Declare a day ‘Purple Day’ and encourage workmates to wear something purple and make a donation at a morning tea you host. Invite your workmates and encourage them all to wear purple. Perhaps send out funny pictures of not-so-stylish ideas for purple items. Ideas for purple items are endless, they include a purple tie, purple socks, purple dresses, purple nails, purple earrings, or even purple hair. You could go one step further and supply (or ask workmates to prepare, purple morning tea food and drinks.)

     

    kittenHold a ‘Cutest Pet Photo Contest’ for Pets In Crisis

    Ideal for staff who are pet-enthusiasts and want to raise funds for our Pets in Crisis program. Invite animal loving staff to enter a photo of their pet. Select a date and time, invite workmates to attend and view the pet photos. In front of each pet photo place a jar and encourage workmates to insert money into the jar of the pet they think is the cutest. Category ideas include Cutest Pet and/or Pet-Owner Look a Like.

     

    Online fundraising
    Online fundraising

    Online fundraising is the easiest and most effective way to raise funds for DVConnect. Creating your online fundraising page is easy too. It just takes a few minutes and you’re on your way to helping raise funds so we can help more Queenslanders escape domestic and family violence. Follow the below steps:

    1. Log onto:  Our DVConnect Everyday Hero fundraising page and click on the green ‘Start Fundraising’ button.
    2. Create your fundraising page: Follow the prompts, enter your page name, a few words about why your fundraising, a photo, fundraising goal.
    3. Be the first to donate: Even a small donation from you shows how committed you are to your goal. 
    4. Start spreading the word: Share your fundraising page on Facebook page by clicking the blue ‘Share’ button on the right. Share on any other social media you use like Instagram or Twitter. And why not send an email to everyone you know asking them to support your page.
    5. Thank your supporters: Each time you receive a donation, don’t forget to thank your donors. Both on your fundraising page, and publically on your Facebook, this will remind people who haven’t yet donated, to donate.
    6. Tell  us about it. We’d love to know that you’re fundraising

     

    Containers for Change

    We’re registered with Containers for Change QLD  Just use the Containers for Change Scheme ID: C10028088 on your next deposit. Every container you recycle through the Containers for Change charity program will mean 10c is donated to DVConnect to help Queenslanders escape domestic and family violence. Learn more

     

    birthday fundraiser
    Is your Birthday coming up? Hold a Facebook fundraiser

    Instead of Birthday presents this year, you could ask your family and friends to donate to us. You can create a Facebook Fundraising Page on your Facebook Page and select us ‘DVConnect Limited’ as your charity. Then email and message your family and friends asking them to donate to your page to help Queenslanders escape domestic violence, instead of giving you a Birthday gift this year.

     

    MyGivingCircle – Please Vote For Us

    Each year MyGivingCircle gives away $50,000 in grants to charities like us. They do this in $6000 increments where the top five charities with the most votes receive cash donations.  1st place:  $2000 cash donation, 2nd place: $1000 cash donation, 3rd place:  $1000 cash donation, 4th place:  $1000 cash donation, 5th place:  $1000 cash donation

    Please VOTE FOR US using the link below:

     

     

    Authority to fundraise form

    Remember that before you can fundraise for any Australian charity, you need to complete an Authority to Fundraise Form. Please complete the DVConnect Authority to Fundraise Form and email it to . We’ll then respond to you with an Approval to Fundraise letter that you can use when planning your fundraising event or activity.

     

    We’ll help you promote your event or activity

    We’d love to help you promote your event or activity. We can do this on our website, as well as our Facebook Page and our Instagram Page.

    If you’re using social media, please use these hashtags:  #DVConnect #EndDV #EndDFV #NotNowNotEverTogether

    We’d love to post images of your event, please send these through to after your event.

     

    How your funds will help…

    • $20 provides 1 pet with emergency accommodation for 1 night away from domestic and family violence
    • $50 provides emergency transport for 1 person escaping domestic and family violence
    • $100 provides emergency accommodation for 1 person for 1 night
    • $150 provides emergency transport and accommodation for 1 person for 1 night

     

    Questions?

    If you have any questions, please email us at

Thank you DVConnect for saving my Mums life, and mine. You guys getting us out of there changed everything. Thank you so much. Life is good now! 

Our survivor has chosen to remain anonymous.

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How your donation will help

  • Provides operational support to fund our bridging accommodation residence Bella's Sanctuary.
  • Provides emergency transport and accommodation for Queenslanders in crisis due to domestic and family violence.
  • Provides safety planning, crisis counselling and information to those impacted by domestic and family violence.
  • Educates Queenslanders on how to help family, friends and colleagues who have experienced, or are experiencing domestic and family violence.