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Changes to ADAVIC Support Groups
Like many organisations, since the outbreak of COVID-19 we’ve had to make some changes to the way we run some of our services, which includes support groups.

ADAVIC was already preparing to launch online support groups in 2021, however COVID-19 has fast-tracked this significantly. The health and safety of our volunteers and attendees are our number one priority, so despite the easing of some restrictions recently, we have made the decision to run online support groups in replacement of our previous face to face groups for the foreseeable future. We anticipate a return to face to face groups post-pandemic, however going forward ADAVIC will also be looking to provide additional online support groups for our community.

About ADAVIC Support groups
A support group allows people to express their feelings and provides a forum for discussion in a safe and confidential environment, among peers. Groups are guided by facilitators who assist in directing discussions and can provide insight and understanding in regards to issues raised.

• An ADAVIC group IS a place for community discussion, support and sharing of ideas.
• An ADAVIC group IS NOT a place for therapy or crisis intervention.

There are no set topics at an ADAVIC Support Group. The groups are informal in structure, but in a typical meeting, discussions may focus on a wide-range of topics such as:

• How these experiences can affect one's life
• Comparing strategies and coping skills
• Comparing symptoms
• Opinions on medication
• Requesting help with frustrations and "roadblocks" on the path of recovery
• The stigma of mental health issues

Groups are facilitated by ADAVIC volunteers who have undertaken facilitator training. Many have had their own personal experiences with anxiety, depression and related disorders. Others are in-training psychologists or counselors.

What do I need to do to register?
You can reserve your spot in an ADAVIC online support group by clicking on the following link:

If you are interested in attending a session for the first time, please read the 'Online Support Group Guide and Registration Form' and complete the disclaimer and registration form (found on the last two pages).  Please email the completed form to If you decide to continue your attendance, you won't need to complete the form again.
Existing support group members are not required to complete the online registration form.

We do have a strict limit of 11 people per support group, and bookings are essential for securing your spot.

When are groups operating?

Weekly Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm

Our first ever online Agoraphobia support group commences on Tuesday the 6th October which will run from 12.30pm to 2.00pm

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to email us at

Anna Kouloubos



In light of COVID-19, ADAVIC has implemented various changes as to how we offer our services.

1.     Firstly, we have put in place weekly online support groups via Zoom to replace our face to face support groups.  We hope to return to face to face groups, however, we don’t see that happening until next year.   More information about our support groups go to this link:

2.     Our phone and email support continues to operate essentially in the same way, except when you ring our office, please leave a message and the office volunteer on shift will receive your message via a recorded email.  So please do not hang up, leave a message and your call will be returned.  You can also email us with any questions you may have or require support, our volunteers are available currently from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 4.00pm.

3.    Our Facebook continues to operate as normal from 9.00am to 9.00pm weekdays and 12noon to 6.00pm weekends.  If you wish to have a private discussion with one of our friendly admins please message them through the private messaging service.  Here is our Facebook link for your information:

4.    Our psycho-education sessions for the general public and professional training programs are currently on hold.  We hope to have more news as to how they proceed by August.

~The ADAVIC Team~

Below are other helplines and organisations that may be helpful to you:

Lifeline13 11 14
1300 651 251
Parentline (Vic)13 22 89
Men’s Line Australia1300 789 978
Kids Help Line1800 551 800
Reconnexion1300 273 266
Beyondblue1300 224 636
Nurse on Call (Vic) 
1300 606 024


The ADAVIC Facebook page will be moderated during the break (the page is available for 24/7 access).

Click here to access.
  • Discuss and share experiences 
  • Offer encouragement, ask for advice
  • Help others whilst helping yourself
  • Open 24 hours / 7 days a week
  • Moderated by ADAVIC volunteers

In response to the article ‘The part women play in domestic violence’.
15 May 2015 

On May 12th 2015, an article written by Dr Sallee McLaren was published in The Age; ‘The part women play in domestic violence’.

We wish to acknowledge that there is some controversy regarding the content of this article.

We also note that there may be a perceived connection with the views of the author and the views of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria, Inc. (ADAVIC), as Dr McLaren was previously an ADAVIC Committee member and has been a consultant psychologist for the organisation.

ADAVIC wishes to highlight that we receive professional advice, information, and opinion from a multitude of registered health professionals in our work. However, our organisational views and objectives are not necessarily influenced or reflected by one individual. 

In this instance, whilst we respect the right of Dr McLaren to express her professional opinion, we make it known that the views expressed in Dr McLaren’s article are not the views of ADAVIC. 

Members of the community have contacted ADAVIC to express their dissatisfaction with the article, as they see it as attributing blame to the victims of the domestic violence.  ADAVIC has a clear position on this issue: we do not condone “victim blaming” in cases of domestic violence.  ADAVIC is a community-based organisation which works hard to provide support and information for the general public, and to empower and resource individuals to overcome difficult life situations. We see encouragement and support as fundamental to this aim. 

ADAVIC highlights the following organisations for anyone experiencing or impacted by Domestic or Family Violence, Anxiety, Depression or any related Mental Health concerns: 

1. Domestic Violence Victoria – 03 9921 0828 
2. Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline – 1800 007 339 
3. Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 000 599 
4. WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange) - 1300 134 130 
5. LifeLine – 13 11 14 
6. BeyondBlue – 1300 22 4636 


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