For over 40 years we have provided support and accommodation to women, with and without children, whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence or family violence.
DV West’s (formerly known as West Connect Domestic Violence Services) roots come from the Penrith Community Cottage (late 1970s), which in 1981 became Penrith Women’s Refuge. The refuge was originally run by volunteers. In 1989 the refuge had a complete restructure under the supervision of the Department of Community Services (now DCJ), which included the creation and implementation of operational policies and procedures, and the employment of a manager and skilled staff. As a result of the new practices, which were shaped by the feminist philosophy, the refuge became a member of the Women’s Refuge Movement in 1994 and started taking on an active role within the Movement’s activities. This included attending rallies, campaigns, lobbying activities, and hosting State conferences.