2017 – 2018
Wilcannia Safe House
WSH has a range of informal relationships with organisations where our work intersects. These include:
- Broken Hill Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service
- Catherine Haven
- Catholic Care
- Integrated Violence Prevention Response Service
- Junior Rugby League
- Local Suicide Prevention group
- Maari mai
- Mission Australia
- No to Violence (Peak)
- NSW Justice
- NSW Police
- NSW Police Domestic Violence Coordinator
- Outback Rugby League
- Warra Warra Family Violence Legal Service
- Wilcannia Central Darling Shire Council
- Wilcannia Central School
- Wilcannia Community Restorative Centre
- Wilcannia Community Working party
- Wilcannia Eagle Arts
- Wilcannia Health Council
- Wilcannia Interagency
- Wilcannia Men’s Group
- Wilcannia Motel
- Wilcannia Primary Health
- Wilcannia Woman’s Football team
- Woman’s Legal Service (Sydney)
Moving Out Moving On (MOMO)
MOMO has a formal partnership with four services located in the community. MOMO staff provide services one day each week from:
- Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
- Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
- Housing NSW City Office – Strawberry Hills
- Redfern Community Centre.
These partnerships aim to have a direct referral path and presence in the local community.
MOMO benefits from having access to physical workspace in the community. This space is used for case management meetings with people engaging with the service and to take on new referrals from individuals who access the centre as well as people referred through DVSM’s intake line.
Through our partnerships with these services we also support people with a range of needs to access appropriate services within the community and provide hands-on practical support with forms, information and time.
During this year MOMO has welcomed the opportunity to work in partnership with Uniting Care in their project to provide short-term accommodation for single women over 45 with low to moderate needs, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. MOMO offers on-going case management support to the women we assist in taking up that accommodation. MOMO is excited to be a part of this project, providing temporary accommodation for up to 40 women when the building would otherwise be empty. The building used will be de-commissioned in early 2019.
Milk Crate Theatre
MOMO has partnered with Milk Crate Theatre to provide four rounds of creative arts workshops. Based at the Redfern Community Centre, the workshops have been based on various aspects of wellbeing. In the workshops, participants have been supported through the arts to explore what ‘wellbeing’ means to them. The workshops have produced videos and photographic self-portraits which powerfully communicate the participants’ “voice”. It is hoped that an exhibition can be mounted in the next year to share the work with the broader community.
Elder Abuse Hub
MOMO has been part of the Elder Abuse Hubs taking place in Ultimo Community Centre and the
Reginald Murphy Centre, Potts Point, which are organised by NSW Elder Abuse helpline and resource unit. The Hubs, which are available for women over the age of 55, provide information on legal rights, accommodation options, relationships, domestic violence and aged care services.
MOMO has a range of relationships with organisations whose work intersects with women who are experiencing Domestic and Family Violence. We greatly value the opportunity to work in collaboration with these services, including:
- Anglicare Sydney
- Baptist Care Hope Street
- Counterpoint Community Services Inc.
- Dress for Success Sydney
- Domestic Violence & Women’s Health, Community Health, SLHD
- Family and Community Services – Housing
- Haymarket Foundation
- Legal Aid NSW (Domestic Violence Unit)
- Milk Crate Theatre
- Samaritan Women and Children’s Services
- St Vincent’s Hospital – Health (social workers)
- Vincentian House
- WEAVE Youth and Community Centre
- Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS)
- Women’s Housing Company
- Women and Girls Emergency Centre (WAGEC) – Homelessness
Refuge Outreach Action Response (ROAR)
ROAR has a formal partnership with six organisations located in the community:
- Address Housing; Evolve Housing (transitional); Mission Australia (MOU)
ROAR has partnerships with three community housing providers that involve ease of access to properties for the individuals that we work with. ROAR supports individuals through providing support that to increase the potential for a successful tenancy.
- Dandelion Support Network
ROAR and Dandelion Support Network work closely together to provide individuals, women and children leaving situations of Domestic and Family Violence with essential nursery items such as cots, prams, toys etc.
- Castle Hill Community Health
ROAR provide outreach support fortnightly from the office space of the Castle Hill Community Health Centre to widen the opportunities for support for women in the Hills district.
- Rosie’s Place
Provides priority access to therapeutic interventions for children and young people who have been impacted by Domestic and Family Violence. Supports women who are requiring support with parenting skills.
Semi-formal Partnerships on Programs
ROAR has one semi-formal partnership with Gumnut Childcare based on a shared commitment to outcomes. The partnership aims to ensure that children who have experienced Domestic and Family Violence can receive the support and care they need and to enable their families to have time apart from the child.
The partnership entails the provision of long-day care for children of residents at the DVSM refuges.
ROAR has a range of informal relationships with organisations where our work intersects. These include:
- Legal Aid NSW – regular education sessions held by Legal Aid at refuge sites for staff, and DVSM andLegal Aid representatives have a streamlined referral in place for the people ROAR supports.
- Mount Druitt Family Violence Service – support with co-case management and brokerage.
- Corrective Services NSW – work closely with each other to identify and break down barriers to accessingsupport for women leaving prison.
These partnerships aim to support adults and children to feel safer across all aspects of their wellbeing.
Domestic Violence After Hours Service (DVAHS)
DVAHS has two primary referral pathways that form formal relationships. These services can provide Temporary Accommodation and transport to the Accommodation:
- Domestic Violence Line
DVAHS has a range of informal relationships with organisations whose work intersects with women with or without accompanying children who are experiencing Domestic and Family Violence. These include:
- Temporary Accommodation Providers: Providential Homes in Blackett, Rooty Hill, Doonside, Granville; Liberty Plains Motel Lidcombe; Voyager Minchinbury; Parramatta City Motel
- Housing NSW: Blacktown; Mount Druitt; Parramatta
- Centrelink: Parramatta; Merrylands; Blacktown; Mount Druitt
- Immigrant Women’s Speakout
- Indian Sub Con Crisis Support Agency
- Hospital Emergency Departments: Auburn; Blacktown
- Outer Western Domestic Violence Network
- Blacktown Domestic Violence Forum
- FACS (Child Protection) – Auburn/Parramatta
- Western Sydney Family Referral.
These partnerships aim to support women and their children on their journey from experiencing Domestic and Family Violence to a greater sense of wellbeing.
DVAHS is currently working on building stronger relationships with other organisations and community supports.