Family and Domestic Violence Strategy



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The DVA Family and Domestic Violence Strategy 2020–25 is DVA’s commitment to the wellbeing of veterans and their families and outlines our approach over the next five years to improving the support for those affected by family and domestic violence.

As one of the Australian Government’s national priorities, we are committed to designing awareness programs, interventions and supports that will have the most impact for victims of family and domestic violence.

Family and domestic violence is a serious problem. Australian police deal with 5,000 family and domestic violence incidents on average every week — one every two minutes. Those who experience it often do so over long periods, sometimes decades. The suffering they experience can be intense, and the effects long-lasting.

Access support

For urgent support, visit the Receive Urgent Help and Support page to access a list of crisis support services.

Crisis Payment

A crisis payment is available to financially assist eligible people in a crisis situation. See Crisis Payment for more information.

Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling

Provides 24-hour free counselling and support to you and your family.

Open Arms provides a crisis accommodation program to alleviate a crisis situation such as a potentially conflicting domestic situation or an immediate housing crisis. See crisis accommodation program for more information.

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