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Living Free Women's Group

A free 7 session program for women who have experienced intimate partner abuse. 
The group uses art and creativity to explore women's experience of domestic violence.

Tuesday 2 February - 15 March, 2016

Read more. Call Susan or Andrea on 98561500 or email for more information.

iMatter Leadership Training 2016

Are you 18-28, passionate about preventing violence against women, and interested in becoming a mentor to empower young men and women to navigate their relationships safely? At Doncare, you have the opportunity to be trained in this field before delivering school workshops where you'll help young people to build self-esteem, respect and resilience; and to prevent violence and promote healthy relationships. You'll help raise awareness and create change around societal pressures and social attitudes, identify potential risks in relationships, recognise and respond to controlling and abusive behaviour, understand the dynamics of healthy relationships, and learn how to support yourselves and others who are experiencing violence.

We are conducting training for our iMatter Leadership Program in February and March 2016.  Read further details or download the application form here.

46th Annual General Meeting

Doncare's 46th Annual General Meeting was held on 6 November 2015. Read our 2014/15 Annual Report here.

Doncare launches interactive iMatter App - 14 February iMatter App

Doncare was thrilled to have Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year 2015 and domestic violence campaigner, speak at the official launch of the iMatter App on Valentine's Day. Please follow this link to view a short video clip of the launch here

The iMatter App has been developed to help young women understand the warning signs of abusive and controlling behaviour in relationships as well as to promote healthy self-esteem. The aim is to build resilience, to educate about disrespect and intimate partner violence and to promote conversations among young people about healthy relationship behaviour. Users can share content, save content to their phone and learn how to recognise and address controlling/abusive behaviour and gender inequality, as well as support others who are experiencing violence.

Doncare's 45th Annual General Meeting

The 45th Annual General Meeting of Doncaster Community Care and Counselling Centre was held on 16 October 2014 at the venue of our proud and generous sponsor, the Beau Monde International in Doncaster Road, Doncaster. Guest Speaker on the night was Paula Piccinini, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (Mediator) at the Ringwood Family Relationship Centre. At the meeting Doncare also fondly farewelled Board Director, Elizabeth Lucas, after 32 years of loyal service and Doncare's SaSSing (Survivors and Supporters Sing) choir also performed. 

 Doncare 45th AGM    Doncare 45th AGM

 Doncare 45th AGM    Doncare 45th AGM

Doncare and Rotary launch new domestic violence app for Victorians

The Rotary Club of Doncaster and Doncare launched a new iPhone app in September 2014 for Victorians
who areLiveFree app experiencing domestic and family violence. The LiveFree app for iPhones, developed by Vortilla Digital,
 provides information and access to local and state based resources and support services for people experiencing domestic violence. LiveFree has been developed by Doncare, thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Doncaster, with the aim of putting information about domestic violence where to get help across Victoria in the palm of your hand.

The app is designed to help build awareness around domestic and family violence issues. LiveFree has detailed descriptions of family and domestic violence situations to help victims understand the types of behaviours that can be classified as abuse or family violence. LiveFree contains useful and potentially life-saving tips including checklists for women who are preparing to leave a domestic violence situation. Most importantly, the app is easy to use and the information can all be obtained anonymously.  

To download the LiveFree App here and to follow the LiveFree App on Facebook here

Family Violence Forum 2014: Practice and Prevention 

Doncare successfully hosted its fifth bi-annual family violence forum on 7 August 2014. The forum was opened by Paul Linossier, CEO, Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children. Guest speakers included Australian social entrepreneur and Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign, Jeremy Meltzer, Judge Judy Small of the Federal Magistrates Court, Dr Sue Rosenhain, Health Promotion Manager and Project Manager for Together For Equality and Respect at Women’s Health East, Seargent Alasdair Gall - Victoria Police, Leonie Burnham, Manager (Inner East) and Deputy EO of Eastern Community Legal Service, Paula Piccinini, Ringwood Family Relationship Centre, and a domestic violence survivor from the Women’s Health East Survivor Advocate Program. Doncare's SaSSing (Survivors and Supporters Sing) choir performed to entertain forum attendees.

 Paul Linossier   


National Volunteer Week Function 2014

To celebrate National Volunteer Week the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia – Doncare held a luncheon on 16 May at Monte Carlo Receptions to honour our team of dedicated volunteers. Doncare is the largest employer of volunteers in Manningham and this national occasion provided an opportunity to highlight the important role our volunteers play and to thank them for all they do for their local community. We were fortunate enough to have both The Hon Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services and The Hon Mary Wooldridge, Minister for Community Services attend and speak at the event. Doncare also unveiled a Volunteer Perpetual Honour Tree at the event, created to celebrate our wonderful volunteers who have given more than 10 years of valuable service.