DVNSW regularly runs campaigns to promote the safety of victim-survivors of DFV.
Women on Temporary Visas
DVNSW surveyed the DFV sector in May 2020 to understand people on temporary visas experiencing sexual, domestic and family violence who seek or receive services in NSW. You can view the briefing paper here and results here.
Domestic Violence NSW is a member of a group of over forty national and state peak bodies, service providers and other organisations working to end violence against women across Australia who joined together in June 2018 to form the National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence.
According to a national survey the group conducted in August 2018, it appears at least 387 women on temporary visas experiencing violence sought or received assistance that month. As a group, they have more than 351 children or dependants. Crisis and long-term housing was the service most needed by clients that organisations were unable to provide, followed by financial assistance. As we collected survey data through our networks only, the actual number of women on temporary visas and their children who are experiencing violence in Australia is likely to be much higher.
You can find an overview of the results, case studies and detailed recommendations for law and policy change to the Australian, State and Territory governments in the report ‘Path to Nowhere: Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence and Their Children’.
A Safe State has been jointly developed by the NSW Women’s Alliance of peak organisations and state-wide service providers responding to and working to prevent sexual, domestic and family violence. We've made 49 recommendations over 6 areas for law and policy change to prevent and end sexual, domestic and family violence.
Our Government must act to:
- Create cultural change to prevent violence and promote gender equality
- Provide immediate and ongoing support for people experiencing violence
- Ensure people experiencing violence have a safe home
- Ensure people experiencing violence can access justice safely
- Enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to lead change to end violence
- Be accountable to specialist workers and the wider community
To find out more about how you can help visit https://www.safensw.org.au/
A Safer State: A Blueprint to End Sexual Assault and Domestic and Family Violence in NSW
The NSW Women’s Alliance, a group of NSW peak organisations and state-wide service providers working within the sexual violence and domestic and family violence field and from a feminist framework, developed a blueprint to end sexual assault and domestic and family violence in NSW called A Safer State.
In the lead up to the 2015 NSW Election, the Alliance called on all members of parliament and members of the community to take a stand against sexual assault and domestic and family violence which is disproportionately perpetrated by men against women and to support the A Safer State recommendations.
A Safer State made recommendations in three key areas:
- Prevention and early intervention; and
- A well resourced, sustainable service and support system to respond to sexual assault and domestic and family violence
Download the A Safer State full recommendations
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
Each year, DVNSW supports locally-based 16 Days of Activism events and activities across NSW.
As part of this campaign we invited all Australians to sign an open letter calling on our leaders to recognise domestic and family violence as a national emergency and to promote a culture whereby we stand together and do not excuse domestic and family violence.
JOY Valentine’s Cards
Together with creative agency JOY and four of Australia’s top female typographers, we created a series of beautifully hand lettered Valentine’s Day cards. On the back an alarming statistic was revealed - for 1 in 3 Australian women, the quote on the card isn’t a metaphor. They experience physical violence at the hands of someone they know.
As the cards circulated, they started a conversation across Australia about an issue too often ignored and encouraged those in healthy relationships think about those that find Valentine’s Day more difficult than most.
12 Days of Summer Safety / Holidays Can Hurt
Over 12 days of summer, we promoted safety messages such as:
Whatever the day, support services are still open. If you need help ask for it. The NSW Domestic Violence Line is open 24/7 every day of the year and can refer you to your closest support service.