Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia is a feminist organisation with its roots in the NSW feminist movement of the early 1970s. Established in 1974 as the Sydney Rape Crisis Centre the organisation evolved to become Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia. It is now a national organisation that provides a 24/7 telephone and online crisis counselling 365 days of the year for anyone in Australia whose life has been impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence. We also provide behaviour change counselling for men who have used, or are at risk of using, violence in their relationships.
Rape & Domestic Violence Services has nationally recognised Training, Research and Development Units. These Units produce and disseminate the research that informs our evidence based practice, provides training and development in working with people who have experienced trauma, offers primary prevention of sexual assault programs, and works with the provide sector in the development of their domestic violence and sexual assault policies and practice
R&DVSA holds an exemption under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act and only employs female staff.