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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 


ADAVIC Committee 

Christmas Wishes 
15 Dec 2014
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The Christmas period can be a stressful and difficult time for a variety of reasons so it's important to take some time to reflect on the year's milestones, connections and positive steps. 

While you now turn your focus on your family, friends and the festive spirit, you might find these articles useful in helping you stay on top of the busy period:

We wish you a safe and restful break and an excellent start to the New Year!


As we draw to a close for 2014, we'd like to say a big 'thank you' to:

  • Our supporters
  • Our members
  • Our Committee, staff, and volunteers
  • And to you - our community!

We hope that for you, 2014 has been a successful year both personally and professionally. We wish you a safe and restful Christmas break and an excellent start to the new year!

See you in 2015!


Services over Christmas and New Year break 


  • 2014: Our final office day is Friday the 19th December, clsoing at 4.00pm
  • 2015: We re-open on Wednesday the 14th January, opening at 10.30am

If you require assistance during the Christmas / New Year's break the following organisations may be helpful:

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


  • Email support will be closed during the office closure dates.


Final meeting 2014
Recommence 2015
AltonaTue 16th DecTue 20th Jan
CoburgMon 15th DecMon 19th Jan
KewMon 15th DecMon 19th Jan

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