Brisbane Metropolitan area
The Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (BDVAS) is a free and confidential service for people in the Brisbane Metropolitan area who are affected by domestic and family violence. The service supports women, children, family members, same sex couples, couples without children and others.
We provide a range of services including:
- Information and referral, crisis support, practical assistance, advocacy, and
- Short-term counselling for women and children (ages 5-17) – 4-6 weeks of counselling (individual and family sessions)
- Short-term crisis-based counselling/crisis support including safety planning
- Advocacy – legal advice and services, Referral to other services – such as Queensland Police Service, court systems, Centrelink, Child Safety, Department of Housing and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
- Support groups for women– ‘Hope St’ women’s group
- Support groups for children
- Provides professional training to other service providers and stakeholders
- Community development, education and awareness events/sessions
- Practical assistance including: • support to help access housing, legal advice and representation, immigration advice, health services, Centrelink and any other services which will help to address the physical and emotional needs of the individual • court support for Domestic Violence Protection Order mentions and hearings • childminding • financial help
- Outreach capacity – for women’s counselling and support, children’s and youth counselling and support, advocacy, court support (for those already receiving planned support with us), community education, and training.
Provides support via: phone, online, or by visiting in the home or at a safe place in the community.
Can also help with access to:
- emergency accommodation
- emergency financial relief