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.
Join us for a brunch & concert in the Octagon on Sunday 23rd November from 10am until 1pm.
There will be free food and entertainment for the whole whanau, and of course a chance to meet the riders and check out their amazing motorbikes.
Changes in Domestic Violence Act & Care of Children Act
There have been a number of changes recently to how the Family Court operates due to amendments to the DV Act and the CoC Act. Yolanda den Haring, the Family Court Coordinator has agreed to give a presentation on these changes from 10-12.30 on the 15th October.
A fantastic day with loads of whanau having fun. A huge thank you to all performers, volunteers and people who supported the event.
On Monday 15th September Women's Refuge and dozens of other organisations brought together people from all walks of life to march to Parliament and demand action on domestic violence in Aotearoa.
Political Debate on Family Violence
Friday 5th September 6-7.30pm
The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives of four major parties to discuss how they propose to challenge family violence in our community.
DCAFV was happy to be part of the celebrations to launch the new “Zone of Peace”, running on Castle Street from the St David Lecture Theatre complex to the corner of Dundas Street. The Zone of Peace incorporates a number of community groups therein.
Families Celebrating Father's Day!
Sunday 7th September
Forsyth Barr stadium
Recent reports from the Glen Inquiry and the Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) has highlighted how serious family violence is in our community.
The DCC community grant scheme has very generously given us a grant to support our Families Free From Violence radio show. In this show, the DCAFV Coordinator will talk to people who are working in our community to help people be free from violence.
Skinny mobile has very generously donated 20 phones to be used for victims of family violence. In an emergency it may be difficult for support services to maintain contact with a victim because they don't have a phone (broken, existing number not safe or they have moved). These phone will ensure that families experiencing violence will not be further isolated and can get the help they need to rebuild their lives.
We are very fortunate that Its Not OK campaign have given us a grant to help pay for this website and promotion of our Families Free From Violence campaign. We are planning to purchase a marquee, a bouncy castle, barbeques and lots of fun giveaways.
We were really fortunate to have Sheryl Hann from the Its Not OK campaign come to Dunedin to give a presentation on how communities can take action to address family violence. Family violence exists in our community because we let it exist, and we all have a role to play in prevention.
Our first radio show went to air this week on Otago Access Radio, and Rob interviewed Maria Snegirev from Stopping Violence Dunedin. This will be a regular feature, where Rob will interview someone in the community about what they are doing to prevent family violence, and what services are available.
This week Shakti and DCAFV hosted a book launch of ‘Culture: No excuse for abuse’ which is an English language resource for migrant and refugee communities in New Zealand about family violence and abuse and where to get help.