Our purpose

Everyone deserves to feel safe, yet an alarming number of people feel like they’re walking on eggshells in their own home.

Every year, the Peel region sees over 1000 people seek family violence services. OVIS is here to provide options to people fleeing abuse, support survivors on the next phase of their journey and engage the broader community in compassionate conversations around safety.


To empower people to have a future free from violence and abuse.


All people feel safe from family and domestic violence and abuse.


Our core values underpin all that we do.


We strive to show a deep respect for human beings inside and outside of our organisation. Respect is a two way street where we value our interactions with colleagues, clients, and partners regardless of their background or beliefs. As individuals, we can expect the same in return.


We stand up for what’s fair and right and always act with sincerity and honesty. We follow our moral and ethical convictions and do the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching.


We deliver our very best in all we do, holding ourselves accountable for results. Anyone who trusts us to fulfill a service deserves nothing less than our undivided attention and our best effort.


Before we speak, act or judge we put ourselves in the shoes of others. We remember to always come from a place of understanding and make decisions guided by compassion.


We support people so that they can begin to create a future for themselves and be the leader of their own lives. We share knowledge with those around us and spread inspiration in abundance.

Strategic Priorities 2019 – 2022

Driven by our vision and led by our values, OVIS’s strategic priorities guide our organisation as we pursue our mission.


Good governance

  • The Board is well positioned to strategically support a sustainable service.
  • We maintain strong financial oversight.
  • Risks are identified, treated and monitored.
  • Policy and procedures are well developed, understood and consistently applied.

Thriving future

  • Our organisational structure supports best practice.
  • Diverse funding streams ensure sustainability and support quality.
  • Good data builds business intelligence and supports evidence-based decision

An engaged and passionate workforce

  • We engage a capable and values driven workforce.
  • Our workplace is a safe and supports the health and well-being of staff.

Empowering clients and community

  • We are regarded as a leading provider of safe, high quality specialist services.
  • Clients are respected, understood and empowered
  • Funders understand how we benefit the community.