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Why be a DVNSW Member?

Domestic Violence NSW represents over 130 life-saving services across the state, and our strength lies in our powerful collective voice. We are a trusted source when it comes to informing and inspiring others.  

Being a part of the DVNSW member community enables us to work together, engaging in evidence- based conversation and collaboration with a focus on action and innovative solutions to make change through advocacy, generating resources and sustainable funding for the sector.

We connect the issues and needs of services on the front line of domestic and family violence with the decision makers at a department, state and federal government level and being a member makes you part of that conversation.

As a member you will have access to

  • Up to date sector news and information straight to your inbox.  We are often the first to know about government decisions and reforms impacting the DFV sector.  We explain them in clear language, so you understand any implications for your service.
  • Access to a Peak Body who can advocate to Government or other relevant institutions or professionals on behalf of the sector.
  • Access to support and learning through our monthly sector chats, webinars and sector resources.
  • Access to the new DVSNW Good Practice Guidelines and supporting materials.
  • Opportunities to participate in Communities of Practice, Round tables, Advisory groups and forums.
  • Discounted tickets to the Biennial Conference.

For more about how you will benefit from being part of the DVNSW Member Community please take a look at our member benefits page.

For further information about becoming a member please see Membership types.

If you are not working in domestic and family violence but would like to be involved please take a look at the supporter category information.

If you are an organisation that does not work in domestic and family violence but would like to be involved, or if we can help you in some way, please contact us at admin@dvnsw.org.au

Membership Types

Full member

Organisations or individuals that deliver specialist DFV services that are victim-survivor-centred and safety is paramount, culturally appropriate and responsive to the needs of marginalised cohorts. DFV practice is, trauma and gender-violence informed, utilises a human rights and social justice framework, and takes a child-aware and parent-sensitive approach when working with families. They are specialist DFV services or individuals that work with an intersectional feminism lens and can demonstrate an understanding of DFV as a gendered issue and work to empower victim-survivors.

  • The organisation/ individual must align with the visions and values of DVNSW  
  • The organisation (or the organisation where you work) must be a not for profit/non-government organisation
  • The organisation (or the organisation where you work) must be able to demonstrate that its work with the DVNSW Good Practice Guidelines
  • Your organisation (or the organisation where you work) must endorse Our Watch’s Change the Story framework

Interested in becoming a Full member?  Fill in the form here

Associate member

an organisation, or individual that delivers Domestic and Family violence services as a program, or alongside other services such as health, legal or family support services. As an associate member is it expected that the organisation/ individual understands, and puts into practice where applicable, specialist DFV service provision.

  • The organisation/ individual must align with the visions and values of DVNSW
  • The organisation must support the principle of the Our Watch’s Change the Story Framework
  • The organisation must support principles of the DVNSW Good Practice Guidelines in its DFV service provision.

Interested in becoming an Associate member?  Fill in the form here

Supporters

We recognise that many people may not work in domestic and family violence organisations but still want to be involved with our organisation and are interested in working with us to end domestic and family violence. Our supporters are individuals from all walks of life that want to support DVNSWs vision. By being a DVNSW supporter you will have the opportunity to engage with our organisation in a way that suits you whether that is through receiving our newsletters, volunteering of fundraising.

To qualify as a supporter, you would need to:  

  • Align with the visions and values of DVNSW  
  • Support DVNSW’s aim to end gendered violence through its work with the Change the Story Framework and support primary prevention initiatives
  • Support DVNSW’s aim to support the DFV sector through promoting quality trauma-informed practice
  • Abide by the supporter code of conduct

Interested in becoming a supporter?  Fill in the form here.

Members Benefits

1. We advocate

As a member we represent you and advocate on your behalf.  Many voices make more noise than a single voice.  Since we represent many DFV services, we ensure your voice is heard by government, industry and the public.

2. We inform

We provide up to date sector news, information and events straight to your inbox.  We are often the first to know about government decisions and reforms impacting the DFV sector.  We keep you ‘in the loop’ about these key sector concerns.  We explain them in clear language, so you understand any implications for your service.  

3. We connect

DFV workers in some services, particularly those in regional and rural areas, tell us they can feel isolated and left out of sector conversations.  We connect you with our other member organisations for professional support, joint advocacy, resource-sharing and partnerships.

4. We build sector capacity

We provide DFV practice guidance, through developing advice and tools that support you in your day-to-day work. We support workforce capability and skills building to promote best practice in the DFV sector. This includes the DVNSW Good Practice Guidelines and resources, webinars, roundtables and discounted tickets to the DVNSW Biannual Conference

5. We identify priority issues for action

We identify the priority DFV sector issues to act on, on your behalf.  Better and more secure funding for the DFV sector, which is very over-stretched, is one of our priorities.  Affordable, long-term housing for women escaping DFV is another.  We continue to act on these at every opportunity.

6. We promote evidence-based practice

We keep up with new research on preventing, and responding to, DFV effectively.  We tell you about this to support you in knowing what works and what doesn’t and to promote evidence-based practice across the DFV sector

7. We raise your profile

Sector workers have so much skill and expertise but often feel underpaid and under-valued.  We do everything we can to raise your profile and to raise the level of respect you get from politicians, policy-makers and the community.

8. We listen

We regularly consult with the DFV sector through our Monthly ‘Sector Chat’ webinars, a community of practice, regional forums and other initiatives.  We provide the space for you to tell us what is happening in frontline DFV service delivery.  We listen to your input and act on it.

9. We are inclusive

We are committed to ensuring that our work reflects, and responds to, the concerns of everyone affected by DFV, including Aboriginal women, women from Culturally, Linguistically and Religiously Diverse backgrounds, women with disability and gender diverse people.

10. We collaborate

We work alongside members, government and stakeholders and strongly believe that working collaboratively is better than working alone.  Our reputation for respectful collaboration generates opportunities for us to be involved in key decisions that drive good outcomes for the DFV sector.

Membership Renewals

We are absolutely delighted to welcome you back to our organisation. Thank you so much for joining us for another 12 months and supporting us to help make positive and meaningful change to the specialist domestic and family violence sector.

Your renewal can be easily completed online via the links below.

Full Membership

Looking to renew your membership fill in the form here

Associate Membership

Looking to renew your membership fill in the form here

WDVCAS

Looking to renew your membership fill in the form here

Other

Looking to renew your membership fill in the form here

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