Our Service


The Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC – formerly knows as The Ipswich Women’s Centre Against Domestic Violence) is a not-for-profit organisation located in Ipswich and Toowoomba.

Services are provided in the following communities and surrounding districts:

  • Ipswich region and surrounds including Goodna, Springfield, Ripley and Goodna
  • Toowoomba and Darling Downs region
  • Lockyer Valley region including Gatton and Laidley
  • Somerset region including Lowood, Esk and Toogoolawah
  • Place-based and electronic outreach to key satellites (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Dalby, Chinchilla, Goondiwindi, Oakey, Pittsworth) in the catchment.

Since April 1994 DVAC has been committed to working with our communities towards the prevention and elimination of domestic and family violence.

To this end, DVAC is actively involved in supporting women, young people and children who are experiencing or who have experienced domestic and family violence, supporting men who are actively committed to behaviour change as well as providing information and education to the communities at large.

DVAC provides a range of services that include:

  • Telephone information, referral, advocacy and support services to women and children
  • Court support for women in our three regional courts
  • Counselling services for women and children
  • Group work for women and children
  • Safety upgrades for women and children wanting to stay in their homes
  • Schools community education sessions
  • Providing professional training and resources to other service providers and stakeholders
  • Community development, education and awareness raising events
  • A sexual assault service in Ipswich and Toowoomba regions.
  • Group work and family support for young men (and their mothers) who are using violence against their mother and/or siblings.

Other services provided in Toowoomba:

  • Place-based and electronic outreach to key satellites (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Dalby, Chinchilla, Goondiwindi, Oakey, Pittsworth) in the catchment.
  • Mobile outreach to women and their children in motels or other temporary accommodation in Toowoomba awaiting refuge.
  • Women’s recovery services, including facilitating access to education, employment and increased social and community connectedness.
  • Behaviour change programs for men who are using violence in their intimate partner or family relationships.

In addition to this, DVAC works closely with our communities and key stakeholders to develop and maintain an integrated response to domestic and family violence issues. This role involves encouraging other key stakeholders to engage in collaborative responses to domestic and family violence issues throughout our community to ensure safety for women and children and accountability for people using violence.