Centre Against Violence  (CAV) was formerly known as Upper Murray Centre Against Sexual Assault (UMCASA) and  was established in the early 1990s by a group of people from northeast Victoria.

In 1992, the organisation was incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act and since that date has been managed by a community based Board of Management. In 2012 the organisation was renamed Centre Against Violence (CAV) to incorporate the diversity of programs operating under the auspice of the organisation.

CAV receives core funding through the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services, Children and Family Services branch. Some funding is also provided from the Federal Government to support family violence services. From time to time special project funding is sought from other sources.

CAV operates within a feminist framework with respect to our understanding and analysis of sexual assault and family violence.

CAV provides:

  • Crisis, short term, medium term and long term counselling,
  • Advocacy, information and support about family violence, sexual assault and harmful sexual behaviours is available 
  • Sexual Assault services are offered to victim survivors and children.
  • CAV offers crisis accommodation, support and recovery services to victim survivors and children experiencing family violence.
  • We also offer services to children under 10 with harmful sexual behaviours and young people aged 10 to 14 who have sexually abusive behaviours.

CAV is linked:

  • To the Victorian after hour’s Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL). Our agency together with SACL provides 24/7 crisis care service to victim survivors of recent sexual assault (Recent = past two weeks).
  • CAV is also linked to the Safe Steps service. Our agency together with Safe Steps provides 24/7 crisis care for victim survivors and children affected by family violence. Rostered after hours work is an important role shared by the dedicated CAV staff members.

CAV is a respondent to the Code of Practice for Specialist Family Violence Services for Women and Children 2006 and the Practice Guidelines: Women and Children’s Family Violence Counselling and Support Programs 2008. All staff members working in family violence teams are expected to work according to these guidelines and standards. CAV has endorsed the Standards of Practice for Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault. These standards were developed by the Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault Forum, peak body for the 15 Victorian CASAs.

Our region is known as the Ovens Murray District and we provide services every day of the week in Wangaratta, Wodonga and Benalla. We visit Myrtleford and Mansfield fortnightly. People travelling from outlying districts to the closest point of service can be assisted to reach us with our travel assistance fund.

Centre Against Violence is a community based, not for profit organisation.

The management of the organisation is by volunteers who are the board of management. It is essential for the organisation to have members and to have volunteers prepared to lead the organisation.

With the help of the community it is an organisation that has been vibrant, strategic and strong since 1992. You are eligible for membership if you support the work undertaken by Centre Against Violence and you hold a feminist philosophy.

We welcome enquiries about membership and about nominations to the board of management.

We have provided the documentation relevant to board membership and to the organisation for your review.


In the district of Ovens and Murray the Centre Against Violence is working everyday to ensure that victim survivors and children establish safety and recovery in their lives. In order to continue such vital work, we need your support. Remember, by contributing to the Centre Against Violence, you are effectively contributing to the lives of people who may be your friend, neighbour, work colleague or family. Giving locally lets you have direct influence in your own community.  Thank you.

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