Community Housing Provider & DFV Toolkit

DVNSW was on the Reference Group that developed the toolkit for CHPs to assist them in responding to tenants who are impacted by DFV.

You can download the toolkit here:

Strengthening Practice in Responding to DFV for CHPs

Addressing Financial Abuse Toolkit

The Commonwealth Bank and DVNSW have launched Addressing Financial Abuse, a booklet for support workers in NSW to help affected people establish financial independence as a key step in leaving an abusive relationship.

As part of Commonwealth Bank’s partnership with DVNSW, 2,500 booklets have been printed for distribution to domestic and family violence organisations across the state, including to financial counsellors through Financial Counselling Australia.

Financial abuse (also called economic abuse) is a serious form of domestic violence that occurs when an abuser uses money or other resources as a means to misuse power and control over their partner. It is one of the most powerful ways a perpetrator can keep their partner trapped in an abusive relationship, and may also affect that partner’s safety, even after they leave the relationship.

Addressing Financial Abuse provides guidance on the simple steps that can be taken to promote financial independence, such as opening up a new personal bank account; financial safety planning; freezing joint accounts and changing account passwords.

If you or your organisation would like copies of the booklet for any state or territory, please email

Disability Inclusive Practice

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and DVNSW have collaborated to produce a toolkit designed to enhance the domestic family violence sector's response to violence against women.

The toolkit is a package of 3 informative and practical documents designed to support a service to become disability inclusive:
Part 1: A Guide for Policy and Practice (5.42MB Word)
Part 2: Creating a Disability Action Plan (2.82MB Word)
Part 3: Practical Recommendations (2.74MB Word)

Download them all as a zip file. (9.93MB)

The Toolkit, launched on International Women's Day, 8 March 2015, will be piloted by domestic and family violence services in NSW with the evaluation informing future recommendations for best practice and increased accessibility.

Australian women with disability are 37.3% more at risk of domestic and family violence. In NSW, over 43% of women experiencing personal violence have disability or a long-term illness, meaning that they experience violence at twice the rate of other women.

Many of the services designed to support women leaving violence are not physically accessible to women with disability, information about domestic and family violence is not always readily available in alternative formats, and attitudes or policies of staff or services may not be disability inclusive.  As a consequence, many women with disability don’t get the assistance that they need and as a consequence remain in situations where their safety is at risk.

Click here to view the media release.