Culturally safe support – DVNSW

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people prefer to use the term ‘family violence’ when referring to intimate partner abuse.

The Australian Human Rights Commission uses this framework to describe a broad definition of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Strategies for addressing family violence in Indigenous communities need to acknowledge that a consequence of this is that an Indigenous woman 'may be unable or unwilling to fragment their identity by leaving the community, kin, family or partners' as a solution to the violence.


Support for domestic and family violence in diverse communities


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ)


ACON helps LGBTIQ people who have experienced domestic and family violence by providing a range of resources and support services.

Another Closet

This website exists for people in LGBTIQ relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic and family violence. It provides information about significant changes to policing and support pathways in NSW while it also contains the contact details for a range of services that can offer information, support and referral to individuals experiencing domestic and family violence.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women

This website offers a range of resources to assist culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women who may be experiencing domestic and family violence.



Women with disability

People With Disability Australia

People with disability, especially girls and women with disability, are over-represented as victims of crime. People with disability are more likely to be victims of violence and sexual assault. They are also more likely to experience multiple episodes of all forms of abuse and neglect. This website provides information on People With Disability Australia projects to prevent violence.

Women With Disabilities Australia

This website offers papers, reports, articles and submissions by Women With Disabilities Australia on violence and abuse.

Older women

This website provides information on the Elder Abuse Helpline for information, support and referrals.