Centre Against Violence is led by a board of management who contribute a diverse range of skills, experience, and interests for ensuring the efficient, effective and accountable governance of the Centre Against Violence.
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 North East 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.
VACCA: The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is a state-wide Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) servicing children, young people, families, and community members. The largest of its kind in Australia. vacca.org
GATEWAY HEALTH: Gateway Health is a community health service providing health and welfare services to individuals, families and communities across northeast Victoria and parts of southern New South Wales. gatewayhealth.org.au
MUNGABAREENA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION: Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation is a focal point for Australian Indigenous people living within our service area. mungabareena.org.au
UMFC: Upper Murray Family Care is a vibrant and diverse organisation, with a primary goal of strengthening, nurturing, and caring for children and families throughout Northeast Victoria and the Upper Murray. umfc.com.au
DFFH: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is a community based child protection team. dffh.vic.gov.au
Centre Against Violence (CAV) is managed by a community-based, skilled Board of Management.
We receive core funding through the Victorian Government Department of Families, Fairness and Housing and often receive special project funding to compliment our work in the community.
CAV is a not-for-profit organisation that is funded to deliver both family violence crisis services and sexual assault support services (Centre Against Sexual Assault). We provide family violence crisis care and case management for people who are experiencing family violence, and we also provide advocacy and counselling support to adults, children and young people who have experienced sexual assault. This support extends to other family members and friends who have been impacted by sexual assault. CAV also operates a Harmful Sexual Behaviour treatment service for children and young people aged 5-17 who are exhibiting harmful or problematic sexual behaviours.
CAV is incredibly focused on being an inclusive and accessible organisation – committed to helping people of all gender identities, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, ages, and physical abilities. This includes trans, gender diverse and non-binary people of all gender identities and expressions as well as cisgender women and men.
We have key offices in Wangaratta and Wodonga but provide services to the whole Ovens and Murray region. We are currently working on expanding our outreach service provision to rural communities throughout the region.
We have strong partnerships with organisations and services throughout the region and are one of the key partners in The Orange Door.
Family Violence and Sexual Assault service have grown significantly over the last several years following the Royal Commission in Family Violence and increased demand for service.
We provide services across the Oven Murray region and our main offices based in Wangaratta and Wodonga. We also provide outreach services in Benalla.
We have key offices in Wangaratta and Wodonga but provide services to the whole Ovens and Murray region, from Corryong to Mansfield, Rutherglen to Bright and everywhere in between. We are also working on expanding our outreach service provision to rural communities throughout the region.