Domestic & Family Violence (DFV)
Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is an issue which can affect anyone in the community. Its definition is so broad, you might find it hard to decide if it describes your personal situation. DFV is not just physical abuse; it can also include verbal abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, threats, controlling and jealous behaviour, financial control, property damage, social isolation and any other behaviour that causes a person to live in fear.
If you have any questions after reading this, do not hesitate to contact the Waminda team who will take the time to listen to your story and guide you with the next steps you may want to take. No question is too small, or too complex for the team who are committed to helping everyone that reaches out to them.
It is important to address these issues because of the major impact DFV has on you, your families and the whole Community. Even though DFV usually takes place between two people who are intimate, this is not always the case. The perpetrator of the violence could be your partner, cousin, sibling or another family member, or even a house mate or neighbour. Waminda's DFV team works discretely, keeping all communications between you and Waminda staff, as well as all records, confidential (except as provided by law).
All forms of domestic violence are unacceptable. Experiencing domestic or family violence is not your fault, nor something to be ashamed of. Everyone has the right to live free from violence.
If you are experiencing domestic violence (DV), please call us (02) 4421 7400. We will always be able to help in some way, even if our particular services do not suit your needs, we can refer you to someone who can help.
Staying Home Leaving Violence Program
Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV) receive referrals from a wide range of services in the Shoalhaven.
Did you know that you are also able to refer yourself?
SHLV works with a range of different women including Koori, non-Koori and CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) women.
SHLV delivers intensive and personalised case management for women who want to stay in their own home and have the violence leave. Informal counselling, support and education is provided in addition to home security upgrades. This allows the women and their children, who have experienced domestic violence and no longer wanting to be in the relationship, to remain and feel safe in their own homes.
The program also offers referrals to counselling and other services, transport, Court support and advocacy. The team work alongside the clients through their journey with ongoing support to achieve their goals.
This year the team have secured many homes with security installations and educated many women regarding safety planning and as a result have helped build self-esteem. The positive outcomes have been very rewarding, with clients becoming more social and joining activities within community.
Waminda’s SHLV team state that ‘they are one of the only specialised Domestic Violence service (in the Shoalhaven) that provides safety up grades in the home’. Another positive aspect of the service is that they Co-Case Manage with Intensive Family Support (IFS) and Case Workers at Waminda therefore they can receive a referral, make the necessary safety upgrades and refer the client back to the case worker, without the need to re-tell their story. They are also proud that they (SHLV) are the only DV organization, to their knowledge, that concentrates on keeping the women in their homes.
Ulladulla Domestic Violence Intervention Service (UDVIS)
This service supports all women affected by domestic violence. Waminda’s specialised UDVIS workers provide crisis support and follow up services to women affected by domestic violence.
UDVIS supports clients to manage crisis situations when needed, and assist women in a range of other areas. These can include help to fill out paperwork and documentation, help to make statements and liaise with police officers, help to leave unhealthy relationships, help with safety planning and support to obtain AVO’s, even at times when the partner remains in the home.
Waminda’s UDVIS team receive referrals from various services such as CRC, FaCS, YWCA, Ulladulla Mental Health, and TAFE. The team also accepts self referrals from community members who are affected by violence.
UDVIS are able to refer women to other services that can help with income support, financial assistance, family law, counselling and housing needs. Internal referrals can also be made to other programs that Waminda has to offer.
UDVIS works with a range of different women including Koori, non-Koori and CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) women. The service is particularly proud to have established a strong working relationship with other services and clear referral pathways for CALD women.
“The women (particularly the CALD women) are isolated and are unable to interact. It is gratifying to build trust and give the women a positive experience to help them overcome obstacles” Virginia says. “It’s important to advocate for marginalised and disadvantaged women and that’s what Waminda stands for.”
“It’s also wonderful to watch these hypervigilant and fearful women grow and become more confident due to the tools we have given them.” – Virginia (UDVIS)