DVNSW welcomed the opportunity to present at the inquiry into Options to improve access to existing and alternate accommodation to address the social housing shortage following a thorough submission process. Our Policy and Advocacy Officer, Livia Stanton, spoke at the inquiry. Safe and sustainable housing pathways for women, children and LGBTQIA+ people experiencing gendered violence is a> Read More
Domestic and family violence (DFV) is the leading cause of children’s homelessness in Australia, and has long-term impacts on physical and mental health. Children and young people who have experienced or been exposed to DFV are often overlooked as individuals and victims in their own right. Daniel is a victim-survivor of family violence and launched> Read More
Today we acknowledge International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – an annual campaign to call for elimination of all forms of gender-based violence and to promote gender equity. Today, we remember the 38 women who have died this year in Australia at the hands of violence. 38 women with families, careers, and people who loved> Read More
People find themselves homeless for many reasons, with Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) a leading cause. In 2018/19, DFV accounted for the largest cohort of people seeking help from homelessness services at a staggering 34%. The impact of homelessness on women and children escaping DFV is significant, growing and ongoing, and we need to do> Read More
This article originally appeared as an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald. One in two women are turned away on average, from shelters in NSW. That’s one in every two brave women who have mustered the courage to pack up their lives – and often their children – to finally leave a violent relationship,> Read More
This article originally appeared as an opinion piece for news.com.au While it was an honour to be part of the delegation to the 2021 Women’s Safety Summit, I can’t help but feel a level of disappointment. The two-day summit was unable to address the complexity of designing a national strategy to end sexual, domestic and> Read More
This NAIDOC Week, we celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians and caretakers of the land. They have occupied, nurtured and cared for this country (and the many countries and nations within it) for over 65,000 years. DVNSW acknowledges the strength, courage, stories and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres> Read More
DVNSW talks to Acting Program Manager at AWAVA, Tina Dixson, about primary prevention, community approach and what we can do as individuals to help prevent gender-based violence. As 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence draws to a close on International Human Rights Day, we reflect on the importance of the right that all people> Read More
DVNSW talks to MWA’s Strategic Support Manager Nemat Kharboutli about domestic violence in the CALD community, MWA’s approach and the fight for gender justice. How long have you been at MWA and how did you get involved? What made you passionate about wanting to support the women in your community, and what drives you to> Read More
Fear. Terror. Isolation. These were some of the most reoccurring words used by frontline practitioners to describe technology-facilitated abuse and domestic violence in Australia when completing the Second National Survey. When a person is subjected to domestic violence, they might feel like they’re trapped in a cage. For people experiencing technological abuse, that cage goes> Read More
The results from this essential survey completed by services through May 2020 are in. Find out more information on our sectors response along with what we’re doing to advocate for better circumstances from this group of people.
We would like to extend a warm welcome back to DVNSW to all our returning members. For those people and organisations that have joined DVNSW this year we are absolutely delighted to welcome you to our organisation.
As part of the launch of its 2020 Housing Policy, DVNSW is asking the NSW state government to invest in the construction of 5,000 social housing properties.
Together with 100 other organisations we’ve made a joint submission to the Australian Human Rights inquiry into sexual harassment calling for urgent reforms to end sexual harassment in the workplace.