DVNSW collaborates with peak bodies, members, the Department and state/federal government to provide advice and key changes across legislation, policy and practices.

You can find out about our key collaborations below.

DVNSW co-convenes the NSW Women’s Alliance. Established in 2012 the NSW Women’s Alliance brings together a range of agencies with a variety of expertise, knowledge and experience in both responding to and working to prevent violence against women.

NSW Women’s Alliance members include:

The NSW Women’s Alliance has become an influential voice in shaping state and national policy relating to domestic and family violence. Briefing and consultation responses prepared by the Women’s Alliance can be found on our advocacy page.

The Industry Partnership is a collaboration between the three peak bodies for Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) – Domestic Violence NSW, Yfoundations and Homelessness NSW.

The purpose of the Industry Partnership is to improve outcomes for homeless people by supporting SHS providers delivering domestic and family violence, youth and specialist services.

The Industry Partnership aims to:

  1. Equip services to engage in continuous quality improvement and good practice, within a trauma informed framework
  2. Provide avenues for effective service integration through networking, collaboration and coordination
  3. Support services and staff to demonstrate service delivery outcomes, using agreed indicators and measurement tools
  4. Apply an integrated learning and development framework to make systemic improvements in workforce capability, and promote career pathways within and outside of the industry.

Further information regarding current Industry Partnership projects, learning and training resources can be found at the Industry Partnership webpage.

DVNSW co-convenes the NSW Collaboration on the Primary Prevention of Gender-based violence with Parramatta Council. The group was initiated by Parramatta Council to bring together peak bodies, local councils and NGOs to promote the prevention of violence against women. Over time, the group has been expanded to include a diverse range of organisations working on the primary prevention of gender-based violence across NSW. It aims to promote coordination and collaboration between different organisations in the development and delivery of primary prevention initiatives across NSW.

The group seeks to advocate for institutional, law, policy and program responses that address the gendered drivers of violence, and contribute towards an evidence base for good practice in primary prevention of gender-based violence programs, such as through undertaking evaluations and developing tools.

NSW Collaboration on the Primary Prevention of Gender-based violence members include:

  • ACON
  • CatholicCare
  • City of Sydney Council
  • Cumberland Council
  • Domestic Violence NSW (Co-Convenor)
  • Education Centre against Violence
  • Fairfield Council
  • fEMPOWER
  • Jesuit Refugee Service
  • Gendered Violence Research Network (UNSW)
  • Local Government NSW
  • NAPCAN
  • No To Violence
  • Parramatta Council (Co-Convenor)
  • People with Disability Australia
  • Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia
  • Settlement Services International
  • Women’s Heath NSW
  • Women NSW
  • Youth Action

DVNSW initiated the National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence, in partnership with Australian Women against Violence Alliance and Harmony Alliance. The National Advocacy Group consists of state and national peak bodies, service providers and other organisations working to address violence against women across Australia.

The group functions to collectively advocate for policy and law changes to support women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their children to be safe. The group currently has over sixty members from every state and territory of Australia.