PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
- 'Practitioner Toolkit' available on the Resources for practitioners page
- Domestic and Family Violence & Acquired Brain Injury
- Concepts of Safety – The Concepts of Safety Project arose from the critical question we found ourselves asking: how can we increase safety for people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence? This project has required us to review and to more clearly define what we mean by the concepts of; Domestic and Family Violence; Wellbeing; Safety; and Dignity, and to do this within the broader social context within which violence is occurring.
- Which way now? – Working with people experiencing DFV on visa limitations
- Which way next? - The invisibilised experiences of people on visa limitations experiencing DFV
- Do You See Me? Do You Hear Me? – Child Wellbeing
- Cultural Safety – Muslim Communities Western Sydney
- Can I Trust You? – Community Connections – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
- Are you ready for me? – Women Leaving Correctional Services
- My Dad Our Home – Fathers with accompanying Children at risk of homelessness
Insight Exchange centres on the expertise of people with lived experience of domestic and family violence and gives voice to these experiences. It is designed to inform and strengthen social, service and systemic responses to domestic and family violence.
Insight Exchange is described and hosted on a distinct standalone website insightexchange.net
Domestic and family violence acquired brain injury
In 2017-2018 Domestic Violence Service Management undertook a project focused on the intersection of domestic and family violence and acquired brain injury. In July 2018 the project report was launched to a constellation of 84 attendees from 49 organisations. Subsequently the project report and related materials were hosted here on the DVSM website and remain here to support broader engagement and access for other colleagues, services and systems.
DVSM has explored lines of enquiry on particular focus areas.
These reflections have been collated into reflections series papers.
Reflections Paper 2.1 – DFV and ABI Intersection
This paper provides a review of some of the key issues and includes:
- Questions and critical analysis
- Recommendations, from the perspective of DVSM’s frontline Domestic and Family Violence workers, that DVSM could reasonably undertake;
- Considerations on how the intersection of DFV and ABI may affect the clients that DVSM works with.
WILCANNIA COMMUNITY HUB
Increasing our positive impact in the communities we work with through innovative projects.
As an organisation, DVSM is always focused on the future and increasing the positive impact DVSM’s services have in the communities we work with. Our extensive experience within the Far Western NSW town of Wilcannia, along with important community consultation, led to DVSM embarking on a much-needed expansion project late in 2021. After applying for and successfully receiving additional funding in mid-2021, from the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program, DVSM purchased the Wilcannia Courthouse Café and affiliated out buildings on Reid Street in Wilcannia at the end of 2021. Refurbishment and renovation work soon began on the property to create much-needed additional support and community spaces for the people of Wilcannia.
This well-known building located in central Wilcannia will enable us to provide an additional 1,095 nights of safe accommodation each year. In addition to the crisis accommodation, This large property and its indoor and outdoor spaces will also be utilized to promote community engagement, and will become a hub for community and service events, meetings, and be a welcoming safe place to connect with each other.
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