EDVOS is a proudly feminist not-for-profit community organisation located in the eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne.
EDVOS core Vision is in the fundamental human right for women and children to live free from violence.
Our Purpose is to work within a social and political context with women to exercise their right to self determination
EDVOS provides a range of services to women and their children who have experienced and are responding to domestic/family violence through safety planning, specialized short term systemic advocacy as well as information and case management support to access legal assistance, accommodation opportunities and other services that promote their safety.
Using a human rights framework, EDVOS aims to assist women and their children to remain safely within their community and maintain a life free from violence whilst also addressing the emotional and practical needs and issues arising from violence.
- We believe in feminist and human rights principles
- We believe the safety of women and children is paramount
- Children should be protected and have their opportunities for development promoted
- Domestic violence is experienced by women and children regardless of class, ethnicity, religion, age, abilities or sexual preference
- We provide support in a fair and equitable manner
- Perpetrators should be held accountable for their use of violence and challenged to take responsibility
- We will advance the rights and interests of women and children on an individual and broader societal level
The office is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and our afterhours service is accessible through the Women’s Domestic Crisis Service of Victoria (WDVCS).
Services are delivered across the cities of
- Yarra Ranges
Regional Family Violence Partnership (RFVP)
In addition to providing services to women and children responding to domestic violence, EDVOS leads the Regional Family Violence Partnership (RFVP). The RFVP provides a forum where service providers in the EMR can work to continually refine an integrated family violence service system to meet the RFVP’s mission.
The mission of the RFVP is to prioritise safety for women and children; accountability of those who use violence; women’s right to have control and agency over their lives, and; the independent rights and needs of the child.
EDVOS employs the Regional Integration Coordinator, and participates in all of the RFVP’s working groups. For further information on the work of the RFVP, please click here.
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government, as the majority of funding is provided through the Department of Human Services. In addition, we also receive and welcome donations.
Chief Executive Officer
Jenny Jackson, EDVOS CEO
Jenny Jackson was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) In November 2015 and commenced the role in January 2016. Jenny has held numerous executive and non-executive roles in the women’s, health and community sector for more than 20 years. Throughout her career, Jenny has worked in both the private and public sectors.
In addition to her work experience, Jenny holds formal qualifications in health, education, business and governance and has a proven track record as a leader with vision, passion, resilience and creativity. Her interpersonal communications skills and relationship management experience, coupled with a strong commitment to equity and social justice enable Jenny to continually strive for strategic outcomes which demonstrate quality, efficiency and excellence.
Jenny has held three non-executive roles with the most recent role being Founder and Chair – One Family At A Time Ltd.
Jenny’s key strengths lie in strategic leadership, change management, relationship management and in the development of high performance teams.
Board of Management
Paula Piccinini (Board Chair, Chair – Executive Committee)
Paula is a Family Law lawyer. After six years of practising as a Family Law solicitor, Paula joined the bar in 1997. She has recently (2011) undertaken the Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. Paula has acted for many victims of family violence and has an understanding of how family violence is dealt with by the court system and its practitioners.
Fay Daniel (Secretary)
Fay was a police officer for over thirty-four years and developed professional relationships with family violence support services in the Eastern Region through her involvement with the Eastern Family Violence Network and as the police Family Violence Advisor.
In 2007 Fay was appointed as the Manager of the Victoria Police Family Violence Unit where she was involved in the development of Victoria Police responses to victims and perpetrators of family violence, represented Victoria Police on intergovernmental and community committees, implementation of the Family Violence Protection Act across the Department and the development of training programs for operational police.
Alex Wood (Board Treasurer, Chair – Finance and Audit Committee)
As a Chartered Accountant and finance professional with 10 years experience across banking and Not-For-Profit sectors, Alexandra is the current EDVOS Board Treasurer.
She brings a commercial acumen to the board as well as a desire to improve the outcomes for women and children affected by domestic violence.
Kimberly Batsas-Hill (Chair – Quality and Risk Committee)
Kimberly is a health scientist and currently works as a health promotion practitioner. Kimberly has a background in youth work and community development, primarily focusing on female empowerment and family violence prevention. She has a particular interest in female health promotion and education and policy development within the sector.
Judy has been involved with domestic violence services since 1975. After many years working in a refuge, Judy established the Eastern Domestic Violence Outreach Service (EDVOS) in 1994 and managed the service until her retirement in January 2004.
Judy has extensive experience and expertise in the domestic violence field, and pioneered the social policies of women remaining in their homes and the significance of pet animals in domestic violence situations.
Judy has been involved with numerous Ministerial and Advisory committees and has presented papers at major conferences throughout Australia. Judy was awarded the Medal of the Order Of Australia in 2007 for her services in the field of domestic violence.
Margaret’s professional relationship with EDVOS stemmed from her work with an NGO in the Outer East where for the past 18 years, Margaret has worked in Family Services. Many of Margaret’s past clients have had involvement with EDVOS and it was through them that Margaret became interested in making a contribution to the organisation.
Margaret’s professional work entails working with families to ensure safe outcomes for women and children, and addressing issues by which these goals are compromised.
Lilia is a professional child and family psychologist, with extensive experience in family dispute resolution, counselling, and preparation of family reports in many Family Law cases in which she has been an expert witness.
She managed and clinically supervised practitioners in Victoria and South Australia, trained many professionals in mediation, Court reports, client management, and suicide assessment, as well as having lectured in forensic psychology and behavioural sciences in Australian universities. Her expertise has assisted Parliamentary Inquiries into Family Law, and contributed to many conferences in Australia and overseas.
Lilia has held several senior managerial roles in Family Court Counselling, Mediation services, serving six years as a member of the Board of Management at the Canterbury Family Centre. She is also on the Board of Management of the International Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Australian chapter.