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.
DVSM works to support people’s rights, responsibilities and choices, working with your capacity to act and make decisions – this can be described as your ‘agency’.
When you are aware of your rights you are able to make informed choices.
It is important to recognise that your choices are not only informed by your rights but also by your responsibilities (which may be linked to your civil, cultural, family, community, spiritual connections including to land).
If you are experiencing DFV, the coercive control you are experiencing can limit and undermine your capacity to make choices, exercise your rights and fulfil your responsibilities.
Love and connection
Encompasses your family relationships, friends and connections with community, spiritual connection and connections to land.
Means feeling free from violence or the threat of it (violence could be psychological, verbal,
physical, sexual, reproductive control, social, financial, property damage, stalking, image based or technological abuse).
Includes having opportunities to have a voice and be involved as a citizen and in the community.
Material basics and economic wellbeing
Includes the provision of food, safe and adequate shelter, money and other basic human needs. Includes the economic resources you have available to support not only your material living conditions, but the control over these resources and conditions.
Includes physical health and nutrition, as well as mental health and self-esteem. Mental health is a key aspect of what it means to be healthy.
Is a continuous process throughout life.
Elements of learning include the value of self-development for wellbeing.
Supportive systems and environments
Sitting across all areas, is the presence and provision 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).