Community Development


DVAC engages in community development through a diverse set of local relationships, initiatives and projects that address domestic violence in the community. This work is informed by feminist and anti-oppressive theories. Through a process of action and reflection DVAC aims to participate in a process where communities build their own capacities for identifying and solving problems relating to domestic and family violence.

Community development involves DVAC engaging with local people and participating in change. DVAC believes that responsibility for ending violence not only rests with perpetrators who use violence, but also with the whole community as the choice to use violence is generally supported by social systems and structures.

Community development work is carried out by the service in both the Ipswich region and surrounding regional communities. Through a process of action and reflection DVAC aims to participate in a process where communities build their own capacities for identifying and solving problems relating to domestic and family violence. The community development worker seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing the skills they need to affect change in their own communities.