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What a year 2021 has been!?

We’ve had significant challenges – the escalation of the global pandemic, and the ongoing endemic of domestic and family violence. We have supported each other and our partners and communities through some long days.

We take a moment to remember all those who lost their lives this year and their families and friends, and those who continue to live with violence and fear in their lives.

For our organisation, 2021 also brought transformational change. We knew we needed to level up if we were to make a real difference. The Board invested in expanding staff skills, capabilities and professionalism with two new key senior roles, and an ambitious program of work for our business development, philanthropic program, and marketing.

In June, after 22 years as Australia’s CEO Challenge, with our members support, we changed our name to Challenge DV. Your feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we have seen steady growth as a result – and some exciting achievements.

We were beyond proud to receive the Gold LearnX Award for one of our online short courses, and to contribute to the outstanding Champions of Change Coalition ‘Playing Our Part’ resource.

Supported by QBE and Go1, we delivered trauma-informed training to front-line service workers based in North Queensland regional communities. Darkness to Daylight looked a little different in 2021 with a blended virtual and live model, but what didn’t change was the deeply moving stories and purpose behind every person’s contribution – it is unfailingly a powerful and special event.

We continue to partner with workplaces to facilitate training to prevent domestic and family violence, and to create change through our partnerships program matching generous organisations with refuges, shelters, and behavioural change programs.

On behalf of the Board and Members, I would like to extend our deep appreciation to our many supporters and partners – we are humbled by your kindness and generosity. I would particularly acknowledge the ongoing and immeasurable support of our Foundation Partner, MinterEllison.

A huge thank you to our new leadership team – Jacque, Keith and Jacinta. Your commitment to Challenge DV and to the Board and each other this year has been significant and impactful. We are all excited about the road ahead.

Thank you also to all our wonderful staff and facilitators for the extraordinary work that you do every day to help create a world without violence, and to make a difference one conversation at a time.

So, onwards to 2022, another exciting year of possibilities and change-making. We look forward to working with you. Until then, have a very safe and happy festive season.

From Jane Hedger, Board Chair, and the Challenge DV Board