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Our History: over 30 years of Victorian women working against family violence

Our History: over 30 years of Victorian women working against family violence

Our History: over 30 years of Victorian women working against family violence

DVRCV is one of Victoria’s longest-standing specialist family violence organisations. Our organisation has been built by an exceptional legacy of women who created key pieces of work that still ensure the safety and wellbeing of women and children today.


  • Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre (DVIRC) started by Women's Liberation Halfway House
  • Established information and referral line for victim survivors or their family and friends


  • Published the book, Blood on Whose Hands? The Killing of Women and Children in Domestic Homicides


  • Began community education activities with a focus on women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


  • Delivered first training package: 4-day NSW Domestic Violence Core Training Package


  • Supported a proposal for Mafalda, a Spanish women’s radio program about family violence that continues today


  • Support group manual published: From Survival to Strength


  • Launched first website for victim survivors


  • When Love Hurts website launched (now Love: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)
  • Love: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly website won National Violence Prevention Award
  • First discussion paper published: What’s in a Name? Definitions and Domestic Violence


  • Focus on friends and family as a source of support began with publication of Is someone you know being abused?
  • Launched library
  • Launched the Newsletter (now the Advocate magazine)


  • Became a Registered Training Organisation offering nationally accredited training


  • Bursting the Bubble website for children and young people launched


  • Deb Davison appointed Chair of Management Collective
  • Bursting the Bubble won Australian Crime & Violence Prevention Award
  • Bursting the Bubble won Australasian Evaluation Society Award


  • Partners in Prevention project started as part of VicHealth’s Respect, Responsibility and Equality Program
  • Won tender (with Swinburne Uni and NTV) to develop and deliver Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) training statewide.


  • Organisation changed from feminist collective to Incorporated Association
  • Vig Geddes appointed Executive Officer
  • Kelsey Hegarty appointed Chair of Management Collective


  • Sex, Love and Other Stuff booklet on respectful relationships for young men published


  • Research into filicide is published: Just Say Goodbye


  • SmartSafe website launched
  • Victorian SmartSafe research published
  • Published Justice or Judgment? discussion paper
  • Launched The Lookout website in partnership with DV Vic


  • Landmark study Voices Against Violence, published by Women with Disabilities Victoria, the Office of the Public Advocate and DVRCV
  • DVRCV involved in the rollout of Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs) with DV Vic and NTV
  • Sex, Love and Other Stuff received Avon Global Communications Award
  • No More Deaths Alliance and Campaign successfully lobbied to make family violence an election issue


  • SmartSafe+ app is launched
  • Emily Maguire appointed Chief Executive Officer


  • SmartSafe+ app won Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation
  • Published domestic homicide study Out of Character?
  • DVRCV turned 30 years old


  • What's Okay at Home? website launched


  • Arc app launched