A Service of Domestic Violence NSW Service Management
Welcome to Domestic Violence Support Western Sydney Service (DVSWSS)
DVSWSS is a service of Domestic Violence NSW Service Management
The aim of this website is to provide the reader with information and resources to gain an understanding of what DVSWSS is. We also aim to provide the latest information on training, informative research papers, local events and much more which is relevant to impacts of domestic and family violence as well as homelessness for women (and children).
The website will be updated on a monthly basis and we welcome ideas, research paper submissions, events and latest news relevant to the program. Just send your details on the contact page.
The lead agency for this program is Wimlah Women & Childrens Refuge and Outreach Service.
Wimlah is a Blue Mountains specialist domestic violence service that welcomes any woman, with or without children, regardless of her sexuality, race or spirituality who identifies she is currently escaping or has ever been at risk due to domestic violence.
Wimlah provides many services in the community including: crisis refuge accommodation, groups, advice and drop in space at Springwood and Katoomba, community education and mentoring for school age children.
Freelander Cottage is Wimlah's specialist domestic violence outreach service located at 5 Freelander Ave, Katoomba. This 'safe space' is used for running groups; drop in for women who require advice and support (Tuesday & Wednesday's 1pm - 4pm) and is a base for a children's therapist and women's counsellor.
Community organistions are also welcome to book rooms for activities that are in the spirit of supporting safer communities.
Hand in Hand Mentoring
The Hand in Hand mentoring program is a professionaly supported one on one social mentoring program for young people of school age who have experienced domestic violence. It provides the young person with a caring and positive adult role model who offers ongoing support and friendship. This is a partnership between Wimlah and Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre.
Speak out Against Relationship Abuse (SOAR)
Women of diverse sexuality are victims of domestic violence too. The SOAR initiative seeks to raise awareness in the community about same sex domestic violence. This includes convening an interagency of community organisations and stakeholders, organising special events and participating in gay and lesbian festivals such as Gay Pride Picnic and Mardi Gras. Wimlah also has a same sex domestic violence worker.
For more information on any of these programs, or to book space at Freelander Cottage, please call 02 47829158