We all have the right to live free from violence. Being ‘safe’ is more than being physically safe – it includes all aspects of your wellbeing.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and live free from violence. If you are experiencing violence you have a right to access help and support. Services that can provide you safe accommodation, counselling or legal support.
Knowing and understanding your rights will help you make choices that can keep you and your family safe. Everyone has the right to make their own choices about their life.
Love and connection
Love and connection includes positive relationships with family, friends and other important people in your life and community, and depending on your beliefs this may also include spirituality and land.
Safety means feeling free from violence or the threat of it (violence could be psychological, verbal, physical, sexual, reproductive control, social, financial, property damage, stalking or technological abuse).
Participation includes having the opportunity to be involved, to have a say and be involved with family, friends and in the community.
Material basics includes being able to have food, a place to live, money and other basic needs.
Health includes your physical health and nutrition, as well as mental health and self-esteem. Feeling good about yourself is an important part of what it means to be healthy.
Learning happens continuously throughout life. It includes self development, learning new skills and knowledge and is an important part of self-development for wellbeing.
Supportive systems and environments
Sitting across the areas listed above, is the presence of supportive systems and environments which support an individual’s wellbeing.
Refuge Outreach Action Response (ROAR) and Domestic Violence After Hours Service (DVAHS) supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Sydney due to Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).