Donate to or volunteer at a domestic violence service
You can donate new goods to domestic violence services in Victoria. The goods will be passed on to women's refuges. Refuges are secret locations, so they won't give out the address. You must drop off goods yourself - no pickups of goods.
Safe Steps - formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (WDVCS)
Safe Steps is a 24-hour service that provides emergency assistance to women and children who are escaping family violence. Safe Steps is looking for:
- toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, sanitary items etc)
- New socks (women and children)
- underwear (women and children)
- fitted sheets and doona covers for single beds, and
- mattress protectors for single beds.
To donate, contact the admin line on 9928 9600 and make a time for items to be picked up or to be dropped off at an agreed location.
Donate $ to organisations in Victoria
You can can one-off donations or donate regularly to many domestic violence services in Victoria. The services listed below all have charity status and donations over $2 are tax-deductible.
Safe Steps (formerly Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service) is a 24-hour service that provides emergency assistance to women and children who are escaping family violence. Donate online or visit their website.
Domestic Violence Victoria is the peak body for women’s domestic violence services in Victoria. It advocates and campaigns on domestic violence policy and issues. Donate online or visit their website.
Impact for Women is a group of volunteers who raise money for women in refuges in Victoria. Their Gift Fund raises money for activities like Christmas hampers for women and children in refuge. Donate online or visit their website.
The Give Now website aims to be Australia’s most userfriendly giving portal and lists thousands of different causes, including domestic violence services such as Robinson House and Brenda House. Search the site and donate online.
White Ribbon Day Foundation accepts online donations to raise awareness—particularly among men and boys—to prevent violence against women in Australia. Men can volunteer to become White Ribbon Day ambassadors to promote the message, or get involved in fundraising activities. Donate online or visit their website.
DVRCV accepts online donations. Donations help us provide phone and online information, make and print publications for victims of violence and to promote public education about respectful relationships and maintain our websites. Donate online.
If you're interested in volunteering in domestic violence work, then Wire is your best bet. Wire is an information, support and referral service for women. It's based in Melbourne.
- Women can train as a volunteer phone counsellor. WIRE receives many calls from women asking about family violence.
- WIRE has three volunteer intakes per year, each one after an orientation day.
- Volunteers are also needed on committees of management of agencies that provide assistance to victims of violence.
- Volunteers may be able to contribute special expertise, such as:
- knowledge of the issues that concern that service
- knowledge of how community organisations work
- of the legal, staffing or financial matters that affect them, or
- firsthand past experience as a client of a similar service.