Our Advocacy

Domestic Violence NSW (DVNSW) is the peak body for specialist domestic and family violence services in NSW. DVNSW provides a representative and advocacy function for specialist services and the women, families and communities they support.

DVNSW’s mission is to eliminate domestic and family violence through leadership in policy, advocacy, partnerships and the promotion of best practice. We work with our members, state and federal government and communities to create a safe NSW for all.

DVNSW advocates for best practice, continuous system improvements and innovative policy responses to domestic and family violence including building workforce capacity and representation at all levels of government. We provide policy advice to multiple departments in the NSW government on prevention and response.

We work with communities and the media to increase awareness and represent the sector on a number of state and federal advisory bodies. We co-convene and provide a secretariat function for the NSW Women’s Alliance with Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.

We acknowledge the work and practice wisdom of specialist women’s services and domestic and family violence practitioners in the sector that underpin our advocacy work.

NSW Women’s Alliance

DVNSW is a co-convenor of the NSW Women’s Alliance. The Alliance brings together NSW peak organisations and state-wide service providers working within the sexual violence and domestic and family violence field, and from a feminist framework, to discuss policy, practice and legislative issues.

Membership of the Alliance includes:

  • ACON Health Ltd
  • Domestic Violence NSW (Co-convenor)
  • Immigrant Women's Speak Out
  • Inner City Legal Centre
  • Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW
  • Muslim Women's Association
  • NCOSS
  • No To Violence
  • People With Disability Australia
  • Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (Co-convenor)
  • WESNET
  • Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service NSW Inc
  • Women's Health NSW
  • Women’s Legal Services NSW
  • Youth Action

Women on temporary visas

DVNSW co-convenes a Community of Practice and an advocacy group in NSW that focus on the issues facing women on temporary visas who are experiencing domestic and family violence. DVNSW is also part of a national advocacy group of NGOs that seeks to advocate for law and policy change together.

DVNSW has drafted an issues paper describing the key challenges faced by this cohort: Summary of Issues - women with no access to income

For further information about this issue, or the working group, please email advocacy@dvsnw.org.au