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New peak body for family and gender-based violence in Victoria

Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRCV) have united to form Safe and Equal, Victoria’s peak body for family and gender-based violence.

For more than three decades, Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) have been two key organisations in the establishment and coordination of the specialist family violence sector in Victoria.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call triple zero (000). If you would like to find specialist family violence services in your area, please view the Safe and Equal support services page. Find a service

About the merger:

In 2019, the Boards identified the possibility of a merger and after comprehensive consultation with staff, members and other stakeholders, the Boards and members of DV Vic and DVRCV voted to merge in March 2020. This merger represents an exciting new chapter in the extensive histories of both organisations. 

Launched on 17 November 2021, Safe and Equal, is now the peak body for specialist family violence services supporting victim survivors in Victoria.   

“Following the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian specialist family violence sector has been subject to major and ongoing reforms,” said Safe and Equal Chair Stacey Ong.  

“It became clear that by bringing together the skills and expertise of both organisations, we could increase and strengthen our capacity to support specialist services through these changes and into the future.”

Safe and Equal will continue to work with practitioners and leaders to:

  • Bring grassroots issues into the public arena
  • Coordinate and participate in advocacy and action to reform policy and improve the service system
  • Scale up and
  • Embed practice development and innovation across the sector.   

“The roles of DV Vic and DVRCV have always been highly complementary, with closely aligned visions, purpose and values, and frequent collaboration in advocacy and campaigning,” said Safe and Equal CEO Tania Farha.

“This merger provides the specialist family violence sector with a peak organisation that has more reach than ever before, across the continuum of prevention to recovery.”

The new name, Safe and Equal, was selected after extensive consultation and feedback from victim survivors. It is a bold statement in support of the organisation’s vision: a world beyond family and gender-based violence, where women, children and all people from marginalised communities are safe, thriving and respected.  

Resources online

Visit Safe and Equal's new website for resources, including professional development.

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