Domestic Violence NSW Service Management (DVSM) was created as a non-profit company registered under the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission Act 2012.

We recognise the many years of important work already established and achieved through the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement since 1974.

We also recognise that there are many organisations working diligently and proactively to prevent, respond to and redress violence in society.

2016

In 2016 DVSM was successful in winning a competitive tender in DVRE – now DVAHS in Western Sydney. DVSM has been designing and consolidating the organisations overall architecture to create an enabling environment – meeting standards, strengthening practice and contributing to the sector.

2015

In January 2015, DVSM signed a new contract with Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to build workforce capacity in Wilcannia.

Also in January, DVSM introduced the commencement of professional services – Sightlines.

As of 25th September 2015, DVSM ceased to manage the operation of the Women’s Family Law Support Service.

2014

In November 2014, DVSM started Moving Out Moving On (MOMO) in the Sydney’s inner west, and expanded Refuge, Outreach, Action Response (ROAR) operations in Western Sydney.

In June the Going Home Staying Home tender announcements were made and DVSM began transitioning ten services (in Bathurst, Bondi Junction, Bourke, Forbes, Glebe, Katoomba, Lane Cove, Kempsey, Wagga Wagga, Woy Woy) to new providers and commenced the establishment of a new services in Blacktown.

2013

In September 2013, Domestic Violence NSW Service Management (DVSM) was created as a non-profit company registered under the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission Action 2012.

An independent evaluation of the Homelessness Action Plans ( DVW WSS HAP) project was completed by Jan Breckenridge, Jen Hamer, BJ Newton and kylie valentine of the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies and Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW.

2012

The then Federal Minister for Women, Pru Goward announced consultations to develop the Going Home Staying Home Reforms in July 2012. Our teams in Bathurst, Bondi Junction, Bourke, Forbes, Glebe, Katoomba, Lane Cove, Kempsey, Wagga Wagga, Wilcannia and Woy Woy were involved in an eighteen month consultation process, including two votes which led to the creation of DVSM.

2011

An independent evaluation of the Women’s Family Law Support Service completed by Dr Laing from the University of Sydney.

2010

Domestic Violence Support Western Sydney Service (DVS WSS), funded as an innovative pilot program under the NSW Homelessness Action Plan, commenced operation across 12 local government areas in South West and Western Sydney.

2007

The NSW Women’s Refuge Movement established a Business Centre to coordinate the eight refuges that were being auspiced by WRM. Additionally, it introduced a regionally based management system to manage each refuge, coordinated by the Business Centre.

1995

The NSW Women’s Refuge Movement, (which was representative Peak body of 55 refuges across NSW), took on the auspice management of refuges.

1974

Elsie’s Refuge, the first domestic violence refuge in Australia, opened in Glebe.

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