Resources for people with lived experiences



My Safety Kit is a reflection resource for any person who at some point may be reflecting on their own relationships and experiences of domestic and family violence.


DVSM is committed to supporting people, organisations and communities develop a more accurate understanding of lived experiences of violence and the role we play as social responders. Through our ‘Creating Conversations’ events with Dr Linda Coates and Dr Allan Wade from the Centre of Response-Based Practice, we have produced a series of short videos that explore a range of key concepts such as:
-  Dignity
-  Resistance to violence
-  Understanding abusive behaviour
-  The role of social responses

Visit Insight Exchange to view these videos.


Information Resources, Guides, Tools which are grouped into categories from the Wellbeing Wheel

Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)

NSW Government information about Apprehended Violence Orders. An AVO is a court order that aims to protect a person from another person that causes them to fear for their safety


Arc is an app (or web platform) that supports women to collect evidence of family violence safely. It enables you to note events that make you feel threatened, scared, or unsafe in your relationship. Available in the Apple or Google Play app stores.

Ask Izzy

When you’re looking for support, Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous resource to help you to find the services you need, now and nearby. Developed by InfoExchange, Google, REA Group and News Corp.

Child Protection

A fact sheet by Domestic Violence NSW, DVSM and Corrs Chambers Westgarth  that contains information about how Child Protection works in New South Wales.

ChildStory Reporter

Mandatory reporters in NSW should use the Mandatory Reporter Guide (MRG) if they have concerns that a child or young person is at risk of being neglected or physically, sexually or emotionally abused: A NSW Government guide.

Conversation Card – Exploring Potential and Supporting Decision Making

This simple, two-page document, developed by DVSM, provides a framework for considering your hopes and direction and a risk/benefits matrix to support decision-making. It can be used by you alone or with a case worker, friend or ally.

Conversation Tool – Wellbeing, Ecogram and Potential

Developed by DVSM, this resource can be used to explore what wellbeing is for you in your context and to map the important connections in your life.


Daisy is an app developed by 1800RESPECT to connect people experiencing violence or abuse to services in their local area. Daisy can be downloaded for free from iTunes or Google Play.

Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT) Guide

The DVSAT is a NSW Government tool developed to help service providers consistently and accurately identify the level of threat to domestic violence victims.


Information about staying safe online. eSafetyWomen resources aim to help women manage technology risks and abuse by giving women the tools they need to be confident when online. From the office of Australia's e-Safety Commissioner.

Family Violence Law Help

Learn about domestic and family violence and the law including child protection, family law, and domestic violence orders. Developed by National Legal Aid to support people experiencing domestic and family violence.

Financial Safety Checklist

A Checklist created by WEstjustice for financial counsellors; it includes an extensive range of questions and actions for people experiencing family violence to work toward financial security.

Follow My Lead

This DVSM resource speaks from the voices of people with lived experience of Domestic and Family Violence who need the professionals and their social networks to be more prepared to respond effectively. More prepared to respond in ways that uphold dignity and build on safety.

Guide to Domestic Violence: Risk Assessment, Risk Reduction, and Safety Plan

An American perspective: The Nashville Police approach to risk assessment, risk reduction and safety planning.

Guide to Selecting a Counsellor

This guide is designed to support people to select a counsellor who understands domestic violence and abuse. The guide was developed out of DVSM's Insight Exchange initiative.

I Matter App

Developed by Doncare community services to help young women understand the warning signs of abusive and controlling behaviour in relationships as well as to promote healthy self-esteem, respect and resilience.

Intersection of Domestic and Family Violence and Pet abuse

Read DVSM's fact sheet about domestic violence and pet abuse.

My Health Record

The Federal Government's Australian Digital Health Agency has information about how to control the information on your, or your child's, My Health Record if you are experiencing domestic and family violence.

My Safety Kit – A Reflection Resource

My Safety Kit is for any person who at some point may be reflecting on their own relationships and experiences of domestic and family violence.

NSW Ambulance

NSW Ambulance services are provided free of charge to people who are a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or child abuse.


Financial empowerment app for women developed by Women’s Legal Service Queensland in collaboration with Financial Rights Legal Centre, with a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) focus.

Recognise and Recover

A guide to addressing financial abuse by the Commonwealth Bank.  The guide includes information about financial abuse, strategies for recognising financial abuse and direction to resources that may be helpful in supporting recovery.

Relationship Debt

Domestic Violence NSW, DVSM and Corrs Chambers Westgarth created this information sheet on Relationship Debt including key myths and facts about co-borrowing.

Safe to Vote

Voting should not be a choice between safety or a fine. This resource outlines some voting options that consider safety. Developed by DVSM's Insight Exchange.

Safety Net Project

The Safety Net Project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence in the USA, provides resources and information on the use of technology for agencies and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.
Find out how to control what you see and share and who can contact you on Facebook with its Safety policies, tools and resources.

Self Represented Litigants in the Family Law Courts

A fact sheet by Domestic Violence NSW, DVSM and Corrs Chambers Westgarth with information for you about self-represented litigants in the Family Law Courts

Smart & Skilled Scholarships

If you are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence, you and your dependants may be eligible for a government subsidy to study at TAFE NSW and have your Smart and Skilled course fee covered.

Voices of Experience

On DVSM's Insight Exchange, Voices of Experience are insights and reflections from people with lived experience of domestic and family violence and other adversities.

Voices of Insight

Part of the DVSM's Insight Exchange initiative, Voices of Insight are de-identified narratives of people’s lived experience of domestic and family violence and other adversities highlighting how people, services and systems responded to victims of violence and how these responses were helpful, unhelpful or harmful.

Voices of Resistance

Voices of Resistance was an Insight Exchange project that documented four women’s resistance and responses to the violence they experienced. You can read their narratives on Insight Exchange.

Women’s Financial Wellbeing Guide

Commonwealth Bank's guide to help women build their financial independence, become financially secure and enhance their financial wellbeing at all stages of life. It includes tips for having money conversations and specific information for navigating major life events.