A peer support program

for police veterans

A peer support program

for police veterans

Police Veterans Support Victoria Inc. (PVSV) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a peer support program to police veterans, former employees and families of Victoria Police, through Veteran Peer Support Officers (VPSOs), who work as volunteers.

VPSOs are police veterans available to provide confidential support and referral services to those that may be experiencing mental health issues including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and alcohol and substance abuse. VPSOs are not counsellors and do not make psychological assessments.

VPSOs have access to various resources including psychologists, clergy and other support services.

They also have great communication skills and have been trained in psychological first-aid, suicide awareness and problem solving. Read more about VPSOs and how to become one here.

Victoria Police currently provides a staff member for the PVSV Program Coordinator role – a full time, qualified health practitioner who provides the day to day management of the program. The role also covers the recruitment, training, supervision, client matching and general clinical support of the program’s volunteers.

It also issues eligible police veterans (including veteran Protective Services Officers) with the Veteran Benefit Card. Read more about the card and apply under the ‘get benefits’ tab. There is no charge for the services provided by PVSV.

PVSV’s income is currently derived from the extremely generous donations received through the Head to Head Fundraising Walk 2018. You can continue to donate to PVSV here and assist in expanding and professionalising the services it provides to police veterans battling mental health issues.

PVSV is proudly supported by Victoria Police, The Police Association of Victoria and Retired Police Association of Victoria.

Simple activities such as sharing a coffee or catching up for a chat, helps to keep people connected and creates an opportunity to have important conversations about wellbeing. These are the moments when people often ask for help or reach out.

About the Board

PVSV is governed by a board, which is responsible for directing, influencing, and monitoring the organisation’s business.

Chairperson 
John Laird*

Deputy Chairperson
Mr Dannye Moloney*

Treasurer
Mark Azzopardi (independant member)

ex officio – Chief Commissioner of Police’s Representative
John Felton*

ex officio – Victoria Police HRD Representative
Boris Buick*

Ken Kour (independant member)

Lisa Carrison*

Anthony Currie*

Michael Cummins*

Executive Officer & Company Secretary
David McGowan*

Chairperson 
John Laird*

Deputy Chairperson
Mr Dannye Moloney*

Treasurer
Mark Azzopardi (independant member)

ex officio – Chief Commissioner of Police’s Representative
John Felton*

ex officio – Victoria Police HRD Representative
Boris Buick*

Ken Kour (independant member)

Lisa Carrison*

Anthony Currie*

Michael Cummins

Executive Officer & Company Secretary
David McGowan*

* denotes current serving or veteran police member

Police Veterans Support Victoria is proudly supported by

Police Veterans Support Victoria is proudly supported by

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