Marg D'Arcy

Candidate for Kooyong

Marg has lived in Kooyong for 37 years with her children, who went to Kew East Primary and Balwyn High.

Marg was one of the beneficiaries of the Whitlam Government's free university education. In the late 1970s as a single mum, she studied Politics and Spanish at La Trobe University and completed a Masters in Policy and Law.

Marg has used that education to advocate for social justice, particularly in the area of violence against women and women's health. Marg coordinated a women's refuge in the 1980s, a job which ignited a passion to end the injustice of violence against women and bring about changes in legal and social responses. Marg was on a committee that recommended the introduction of the Crimes Family Violence Act and then established the Family Violence Project office for Victoria Police in 1988 - 1993 for which she received a Chief Commissioner's certificate.

In the 2000s Marg managed the Royal Women's Hospital's Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA House) and the statewide Sexual Assault Crisis line. Marg also established the Women's "Says No to Violence" program. 

Marg's commitment and advocacy has seen her work in board positions for the National Convenor of the National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence, Chair Women's Health East Board and Chair Men's Referral Service and No To Violence. Marg was inducted into Victorian Women's Honour Roll 2003.

Marg is a manager of Child and Family Services, which includes community health and family violence counselling, long day care and setting up an early childhood service in Canberra under the NDIS.