The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence (DCAFV) is a group of agencies that are working together to address family violence in Dunedin.  We are active in the community to raise public awareness of family violence and the services that are available to help people address violence within their own families.

"Ka whati haere te rau harakeke I tona kotahi,
Ka whakatairanga taumaha aha,
nga rau harakeke ki te taura."

"One strand of flax is easily broken,
But many strands woven into a rope, can lift any weight."

Our Goals

  1. Support agencies working with whanau/families experiencing family violence

  2. Raise awareness & increase understanding of family violence within our community, and promote the violence prevention & support services of member agencies

  3. Ensure collaboration between government and community agencies to support agencies in providing effective family violence services 

  4. Ensure community ownership through local government and community agencies working together to address family violence

  5. Provide education and resources to support agencies, communities and whanau to prevent family violence


Our Network Organisations

  • Adventure Development

    Adventure Development Counselling

    Counselling and skill development for young people (13-20 years) who are experiencing difficulties including alcohol and/or other drug issues.

  • Age Concern

    Age Concern

    Promotes the health & wellbeing of older people through advocacy, education and social services

  • Anglican Family Care

    Anglican Family Care

    Anglican Family Care helps families to identify their own strengths and resources in times of difficulty and stress to achieve positive outcomes.

  • Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora

    Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora

    Support whanau using an integrated and collaborative approach to service provision in partnership with whānau and other organisations.

  • Barnados


    Unfortunately Barnardos is no longer with us in Dunedin.

  • Catholic Social Services

    Catholic Social Services

    Counselling, social work support and parenting assistance to individuals and families irrespective of religious beliefs or ability to pay.

  • Chatbus


    A free, mobile counselling service, for children under 14 years, operating in Dunedin.

  • Child Youth Family

    Child Youth & Family

    We help families help themselves, and team up with many different groups and people so that families have the support they need to help their children thrive. 

  • Community Law

    Dunedin Community Law Centre

    Our lawyers and advocates can give you free initial legal help so you can deal with your legal problem quickly.

  • Methodist Mission

    Dunedin Methodist Mission

    Providing advocacy & support for adults, children & their families, and The Hub, a place for parents with children up to six-years.

  • Family Works

    Family Works

    Family and social work, advocacy, budget advice, counselling, group support and parenting programmes, mentoring and youth transition programmes.

  • Its not ok

    It's not OK

    Changing attitudes and behaviour that tolerate any kind of family violence.

  • Mirror Counselling

    Mirror Counselling

    Mirror offers counselling & treatment programmes for children, young people & their whanau.

  • Pacific Trust Otago

    Pacific Trust Otago

    Provides education, social, health and advocacy services to all Pasefika communities and people within Otago.

  • Plunket


    Provides support services for the development, health and well-being of children under five.

  • Pregnancy Help

    Pregnancy Help

    Provides free and client-focused practical assistance, information and advice during pregnancy and early childhood.

  • Presbyterian Support

    Presbyterian Support Otago

    Helping older people to be happy, healthy and safe.

  • Rape Crisis

    Rape Crisis

    Support female survivors of sexual violence progress towards healing and programmes to educate the community about the effects of sexual violence on women and children.

  • Relationships Aotearoa

    Relationships Aotearoa

    Unfortunately Relationships Aotearoa is no longer with us in Dunedin..

  • Rocksolid


    Programmes for youth and families as well as community & family support.

  • Samoan Advisory Council

    Information and support for Samoan families residing in Dunedin as well as Samoan language and cultural classes.

  • Shakti


    Providing of culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.

  • svd

    Stopping Violence Dunedin

    Individual and group education programmes for people with violence issues and support for perpetrators of violence and their family/whanau.

  • Te Roopu Tautoko Ki Te Tonga

    Te Roopu Tautoko Ki Te Tonga

    Maori Health Provider that provides community–based health and social services that are conducive to meeting the needs of Maori.

  • Te Whare

    Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women's Refuge

    Help for all women and children experiencing domestic violence including crisis line, emergency safe housing, education and support.

  • Victim Support

    Victim Support

    Assists people affected by crime and trauma by providing advocacy, support and Information.

  • Southern District

    Violence Intervention Project

    Supporting our staff to work with patients with family violence issues.

  • Work-and-Income

    Work and Income

    The Family Violence Intervention Programme enhances Work and Income’s response to people who are experiencing family violence.

  • Youthline


    Community support for people of all ages, focused on the needs of youth by providing support, counselling, education& facilitation.