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 & well being 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


    Social work and family support. Barnardos offer a children's programme for children who are part of a family that has a protection order. 

  • 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.

  • 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 whānau.