Our vision and mission

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  • Our vision is a full stop to sexual, domestic and family violence.
  • Our mission is to provide evidence based, best practice specialist trauma counselling for those impacted by sexual, domestic and family violence.
  • We advocate for the prevention of violence and justice for those impacted by violence.

Our Vision

A full stop to sexual, domestic and family violence.

Our Mission

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia will:

  1. Promote and foster positive attitudinal and behavioural change in the Australian community. We will do this by working in partnership with stakeholders on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention initiatives.
  2. Provide specialist trauma counselling services for anyone who has experienced sexual, domestic or family violence and their supporters, and behaviour change counselling services for those who use violence.
  3. Engage in individual and systems advocacy, education, training, research, information provision, and any other actions that may lead to better outcomes for the organisation’s clients, their supporters both personal and professional, and any others whose lives have been impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence.

Our goals

  1. To provide expert and specialist trauma recovery services.
  2. To collaborate with services who represent those made vulnerable to sexual, domestic or family violence to improve access to our counselling services.
  3. To reduce the impact of sexual, domestic and family violence on all women by reducing its cause – gender inequality.
  4. To operate in an evidence-based, best practice, quality assurance and quality improvement framework.
  5. To promote Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia so that more people who have been impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence can have access to trauma specialist counselling and assistance.
  6. To focus on prevention, within the three types of prevention as defined by Our Watch Change the Story Framework:
  • Primary prevention – whole of population initiatives that address the cause of violence against women being gender inequality, and its drivers being; the condoning of violence against women, men’s control of decision making, stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity, disrespect towards women and male peer relations that emphasis aggression.
  • Secondary Prevention – change the trajectory for individuals who are at a higher than average risk of perpetrating or experiencing violence.
  • Tertiary Prevention – support those who have experienced violence and hold perpetrators to account for their behaviours.
*To protect confidentiality we have changed the names of the people in our stories and testimonials, and used models in photos.