Beyond DV Ltd was founded after my own daughter was involved in a Domestic Violence incident early in 2017.
Accompanying her to court on numerous occasions and witnessing the number of women from all walks of life, going through the same traumatic process, affected me profoundly.
This ignited a desire to use my existing skills, expertise and contacts to help women and children who have been affected by Domestic Violence as they rebuild their lives.
In July 2017, I approached my local member with my ideas and he then arranged meetings with various government departments who believed my ideas were unique and filled a gap in existing services. I then met with existing Domestic Violence service providers and charities including DV Connect, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service and White Ribbon Australia to see what links we could make to give the best support to these women and children who have been affected by domestic violence and to further raise awareness in the community about by challenging current perceptions, attitudes and behaviours surrounding domestic violence.
As a result, we work closely with these organisations and many others, to deliver the programs which Beyond DV offers.
In October 2017 Beyond DV Ltd was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee. In December 2017, Beyond DV Ltd was registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission with Public Benevolent Institution status and in January 2018, the charity was granted Deductible Gift Receipt status by the Australian Taxation Office.
The symbol used in Beyond DV's logo is “Sankofa”, which is an Adinkra symbol from Ghana, West Africa.
The meaning of "Sankofa" beautifully summarises what our organisation empowers our clients to do...
"We should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.
Whatever we have lost, forgotten, foregone, or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated."
How Can You Help?
Beyond DV a number of ways that businesses and individuals can help us provide these life changing service programs to the survivors.