Kara Family Violence Service provides safety, support and education for women and children impacted by family violence. We encourage and empower women to take control of their lives and work towards making strategies to create a better future.
We provided advice, emotional support, secure accomodation and safety planning
We provide services to clients who come from 46 linguistic and cultural backgrounds
Last year 82% of our clients were diagnosed with one or more mental illnesses
Operating for 43 years, Kara Family Violence Service is a non-for-profit organisation primarily funded by the Victorian State Government. Further fundraising and grants help support additional educational programs, well-being activities and improvements to the refuge.
Kara Family Violence Service supports the rights of women and children to live safely and without fear of violence.
Download our Strategic Plan here
To provide support to women and their children impacted by family violence. We do this by:
In our community and sector we value:
Within our Kara Family Violence Service team we value:
We’d like to thank the organisations and services listed below who we partner with to provide services.
Kara Family Violence Service is an Incorporated Association governed by a Board with an executive elected by its Members.
The Kara Family Violence Service Board is comprised of knowledgeable women with extensive experience in business related disciplines such as Financial Services, Legal, IT, Human Resources and Fundraising and Marketing. Members also have direct knowledge of the family violence and homelessness sector.
Kara Family Violence Service Board has responsibility under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and the Kara Family Violence Service constitution to provide leadership, set the strategic direction of the organisation and monitor the finances and activities. The Board has overall responsibility to ensure Kara Family Violence Service is accountable, complies with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements, and supports its vision, purpose and aims. Our Board members are all volunteers that give of their time and expertise.
Kara Family Violence Service Board
|Vice Chair||Maureen Breen|
Dr Angela Spinney
Dr Ilsa Evans
Learn more about Kara Family Violence Service through our Annual Reports
Interested in joining the Kara Family Violence Service Board?
Kara Family Violence Service is governed by a Board of capable and professional women and welcomes applications from women who can add to our skill base. If you are interested in joining the Kara Family Violence Service Board, please email your expression of interest to the Manager at admin@KaraFVS.org.au
Continuous Quality Improvement
Kara Family Violence Service is continuously looking at ways we can improve our processes, the support we provide to our clients and our interaction with the community and other service providers.
The management and staff of Kara Family Violence Service are proud to have demonstrated our commitment to quality service delivery and ongoing improvement by successfully achieving external accreditation for another three year term (2021-2024). Kara Family Violence Service met all Quality Improvement Council (QIC) and Department of Health and Human Service (HSS) standards, obtaining very positive feedback from the Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) assessors. Our identified strengths included "strong risk and safety culture, lived values, visible leadership, excellent internal communication and very collaborative both internally and externally". A final comment summed up our achievement, "outcomes are excellent".