The Chronicle | 7 May 2020
THE new CEO of the Darling Downs region’s domestic violence service provider says she wants to make help more accessible for women in remote and rural locations.
Amie Carrington has replaced predecessor Gabrielle Borggaard as the head of the Domestic Violence Action Centre, which provides a variety of services across Ipswich and the Toowoomba region to support women and children facing domestic and family abuse.
A passionate feminist, Ms Carrington has experience in leadership of services for families and children in regional and remote Australia.
She said the challenges of COVID-19 had presented opportunities for DVAC to help reach previously inaccessible people through technology.
“An important part (of our vision) is to increase our regional presence in places like Chinchilla and Warwick,” she said.
“Our experience with technology during COVID-19 will give us an opportunity to think outside the box and how we can use technology to help people access our services.
“At the moment, what I’m finding is that it was already a very complex system to navigate.
“That’s an area that’s very challenging, so our job is to help people navigate that system and adapt our systems so we can be accessible during this time.”
Ms Carrington said DVAC had a strong reputation and looked forward to growing it.
“DVAC has a really strong reputation for a provider of services and I felt it was a place that excited me and a place I could provide some strong leadership in,” she said.
“I’m a strong believer that as a society we need to work together to change gender stereotypes to be respectful of women and let men who use violence find new ways to work through their own emotional needs and find strategies.”
In her most recent role Ms Carrington oversaw services across the Northern Territory, including intensive family parenting, family counselling and mediation, and out of home care.