Working Through DV Program

Domestic Violence and Homelessness 

Family and Domestic Violence, Family Breakdown and Homelessness

Family and domestic violence can occur between intimate partners, and family members including siblings, parents, children, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. It also includes elder abuse, child abuse, and sexual abuse. These situations often lead individuals to seek emergency accommodation due to the severe emotional and physical harm inflicted.

Domestic and family violence affects women, children, and men. In many cases, individuals fleeing these situations end up homeless in Brisbane, highlighting the urgent need for domestic violence and homelessness support.

Sheltered by Grace understands the devastating impact of domestic violence, offering a lifeline to men, women, and families through our "Working Through DV Program." We provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can heal from trauma and rebuild their lives.

Our program addresses the unique challenges faced by those affected by domestic violence, helping them find peace, stability, and hope for the future.


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Sheltered by Grace is a dedicated domestic violence shelter that caters to both men and women escaping domestic violence situations. 

Over our ten years of operation, we discovered that male clients are also subjected to domestic violence but often do not report or speak about it until they feel comfortable.

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The Facts About Domestic Violence in Australia

The Unseen Struggle: Statistics of Domestic Violence in Australia

Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in Australia. Many individuals and families fleeing abusive situations find themselves without safe housing. Sheltered by Grace is dedicated to breaking this cycle by providing shelter, support, and resources to help individuals and families affected by domestic violence and homelessness. We believe everyone deserves a safe place to live and the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

Our holistic programs address the root causes of homelessness, including domestic violence, and empower individuals to create a more stable and hopeful future.

What is Domestic and Family Violence?

Domestic and family violence takes many forms, including physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, and financial abuse. It can occur in any relationship, regardless of gender, sexuality, or cultural background. At Sheltered by Grace, we offer domestic violence counselling and support through our ”Working Through DV Program” to help individuals understand and address the impact of this abuse. We believe that everyone deserves to live free from violence.

Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse

Our program is designed to provide an integrated approach to healing and recovery. We combine group support with individual attention to ensure each participant receives the guidance they need to move forward. This ensures participants receive the support they need at their own pace, fostering a sense of community and shared experience.

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Alarming Statistics

In Australia, domestic violence remains a critical issue according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Violence Prevalence

Men: 43% of men aged 18 and over have experienced violence since the age of 15.
Women: 39% of women aged 18 and over have experienced violence since the age of 15.

Physical Violence

Men: 42% of men have been subjected to physical violence since the age of 15.  
Women: 31% of women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.

Sexual Violence

Women: 22% of women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.  
Men: 6.1% of men have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.

Intimate Partner Violence

Women: 23% of women have faced violence from an intimate partner since the age of 15.
Men: 7.3% of men have experienced violence from an intimate partner since the age of 15.

These statistics highlight that while women are more frequently victims of sexual and intimate partner violence, a substantial number of men also experience violence, often underreported.

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In Queensland, there are few to no shelters for male victims of domestic violence. Sheltered by Grace is one of the first facilities in the region to address this gap and we had dedicated beds for both men and women escaping domestic violence. Until society sees that domestic violence is not a gendered issue and that everyone is susceptible to it, there will be no change. About all the funding around domestic violence in terms of shelters and programs is focused on women and children as victims and men as perpetrators.

About Our Domestic Violence and Homelessness Program

Inside Our Working Through DV Program

Our comprehensive 12-week program is designed to support all victims of domestic violence through various means, including:

Weekly Group Coaching

A group session provides a safe space to explore trauma triggers, develop coping mechanisms, and build connections with others who understand.

Face-to-Face Group Coaching Sessions

These face-to-face sessions offer a blend of educational content and peer support, creating a safe and encouraging environment to learn and heal. Participants gain valuable insights, tools, and strategies to manage their emotions and navigate challenges.

Regular Check-in Meetings

Fortnightly sessions with our Head Social Worker provide individualised support tailored to each person's needs and goals. We work collaboratively to develop personalised plans addressing housing, employment, legal aid, and other practical matters.

Legal Advocacy

Assistance with court appearances, finding and working with legal representation, completing paperwork, and gathering necessary documents.

A Pathway to Healing: Our Program Structure

Throughout the program, we focus on addressing family and domestic violence through domestic violence counselling and fostering a supportive community. Our "Working Through DV Program" provides essential domestic violence support services to help individuals break free from the cycle of abuse and rebuild their lives. The program includes an 8-module training course delivered over 12 weeks. The key components are:

Weekly Group Coaching

Face-to-face sessions on trauma triggers and coping mechanisms. These sessions provide a safe and confidential space for participants to share their experiences, learn from others, and develop coping strategies for managing triggers.

Group Coaching

Weekly 1.5-hour sessions led by experienced facilitators who specialise in trauma-informed care and domestic violence recovery. These sessions delve deeper into specific topics related to domestic violence, providing participants with valuable insights and tools for healing.

Personalised Case Management

Fortnightly sessions with our Head Social Worker. This individualised support ensures that each participant receives tailored guidance and practical assistance with housing, legal aid, financial management, and other essential needs.

Our Program, Your Support, Their Journey: What You Can Expect

The "Working Through DV Program" goes beyond immediate crisis intervention. It provides individuals with the tools and resources needed to achieve lasting change. By participating in our program, individuals can experience:

Symptom reduction: Participants often report a decrease in the intensity and frequency of trauma-related symptoms such as anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Emotional regulation: Through therapy and group support, individuals develop healthier coping mechanisms for managing their emotions, leading to greater stability and well-being.

Increased self-awareness: The program helps individuals gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their triggers, and their patterns of relating to others.

Improved relationships: Participants learn to establish healthy boundaries and develop more fulfilling relationships based on respect and mutuality.

Post-traumatic growth: Many individuals find that their experiences, while painful, can lead to significant personal growth and a renewed sense of purpose.

Reduced avoidance:
The program helps participants gradually confront and process their trauma, reducing avoidance behaviours and allowing for greater engagement in life.

Enhanced coping skills: Individuals develop a toolbox of coping skills to manage stress, regulate their emotions, and navigate challenging situations.

Improved quality of life: By addressing the underlying issues contributing to their struggles, participants experience an overall improvement in their quality of life.

Integration of trauma: Through therapy and support groups, individuals can process their trauma and integrate it into their life narratives, reducing its impact on their present and future.

Restoration of relationships: The program supports individuals in rebuilding trust and strengthening relationships with family and friends who can provide healthy support.

Sheltered by Grace is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for all individuals escaping domestic violence, helping them rebuild their lives and achieve lasting transformation.

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See the Impact: The Benefits of Sponsoring

"Working Through DV Program"

By sponsoring a program, you are not just giving a handout, you are investing in lasting change. Here are just a few of the benefits of partnering with Sheltered by Grace:

Brand reputation

Enhance your company's reputation as a socially conscious business leader.

Tax deductible donation

Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing your contribution is tax-deductible, maximising your impact.

Empowers Individuals

Receive updates on the impact you are sponsoring is making and see the real change your generosity creates.

Social Responsibility

Demonstrate your commitment to social justice and equality through meaningful action.

Inspires Hope

Witnessing the power of compassion is a beacon of light for those facing challenges.

Stronger Community

By supporting individuals experiencing homelessness, we create a safer, more inclusive community for everyone.

Spark a New Beginning

Hope is a powerful weapon. Your partnership unlocks our trauma-healing program at Sheltered by Grace.

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Join Us in the Fight Against Domestic Violence

Partner with Us: Support the Working Through DV Program

If you would like to support our Working Through DV Program by donating, volunteering your time, or exploring corporate sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to us. You can make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families seeking refuge from domestic violence. Together, we can create a community where everyone feels safe and supported.

Call us at 
+07 3200 7145 or email us at There are numerous ways to get involved, and we welcome your support in providing essential services to those in need. You can find a domestic violence shelter near me or access domestic violence helplines for immediate assistance. For those seeking long-term support, our Brisbane domestic violence program provides comprehensive programs and resources.

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