Domestic Violence Intervention Service

YWCA Australia’s Domestic Violence Intervention Service (DVIS) helps women through stressful and emotional situations after experiencing domestic and family violence.

DVIS is a unique partnership agreement between experienced caseworkers at YWCA
Australia, NSW Police and other community partners.

DVIS supports women and children with personalised case management, support and information services after they have experienced domestic or family violence.

DVIS currently operates in Nowra, New South Wales.

Who can we help?

Have you experienced domestic and family violence, or do you know someone who has?

Our experienced case workers can help guide and support women after they have experienced domestic and family violence.

Our service is person-centred, which means that we tailor the supports to the needs of the individual. We are here to help.

I felt very supported by Joan* when I went in to see her. She helped me make a statement to Police and got me in contact with other support services that assisted me. – DVIS client

What do we do?

DVIS assists women and their children after they have experienced domestic and family violence.

We provide:

  • Experienced case workers
  • Support when making a police statement
  • Support before and during court proceedings
  • Case management and coordination
  • Referrals to housing, employment, and other support agencies
  • Referrals and linkages to local support groups
  • Assistance with Centrelink and Victim Support applications.

We promise that you will:

  • Be treated with dignity and respect
  • Talk in a safe environment
  • Have a non-judgemental provision of service.

ANNIE’S* Story

Annie

For years, Annie’s partner would be violent, throwing and breaking things in anger, punching holes in the wall, and yelling and screaming at her.

She never thought it was bad enough to call the police. But one day it went too far. She left her partner and called YWCA for help.

In the first week after Annie contacted YWCA, we were able to support her in making a statement to police. After that, Police applied for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order on Annie’s behalf which was granted by a local magistrate, giving Annie 12 months legal protection.

YWCA was able to refer Annie and her two daughters to counselling and to the local community legal centre, liaise with Centrelink on Annie’s behalf, and help Annie apply for affordable housing.

Finally, Annie feels hopeful about the future for her and her daughters.

*Names have been changed

I only wish I had called YWCA sooner. I never knew there was all this support out there. – Annie*, DVIS client

Contact details:

Domestic Violence Intervention Service is located at:
Nowra Police Station
88 Plunkett Street, Nowra NSW 2541

YWCA Australia
8 McGrath Avenue, Nowra NSW 2541

Tel: 02 4423 8510 or 0425 206 670
Email: nsw-dvis@ywca.org.au




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