DV West provides supported crisis accommodation, transitional housing and outreach support for women and children in the Nepean, Blue Mountains and Blacktown/Hills districts. DV West contracts Link Wentworth’s Nurreen Service to provide specialist support to women and children experiencing or escaping domestic violence in the Hawkesbury district. An After Hours service (DVRE) is provided by DV West in the Nepean, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury districts.

DV After Hours (Nepean, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury districts)

DV West DVRE service provides specialist domestic violence case management support for single women and women and children experiencing domestic violence who have been placed in NSW temporary accommodation. Please contact the main line 02 4732 2318, Monday to Friday 8-4pm for information and referral.

Accommodation and Community Outreach

We manage 5 refuges, which offer warm, safe and welcoming accommodation for women with or without children who need immediate and safe accommodation. Two of these refuges is specifically for Aboriginal women and children and one is specifically for single women. Some of our accommodation is modified to accommodate women or children with disabilities. Each Refuge also manages a separate Community Outreach Service that supports women who choose to remain in their own homes or when no crisis accommodation is available. We will meet women in the community or talk on the phone/WhatsApp or video.

We recognise that pets can also be at risk of harm when there is domestic violence, and therefore we have one refuge that can accommodate your pet with you, this is based on availability and assessment. We can also advocate for and support women to access alternate pet accommodation through external services. This means that women do not have to leave their pets behind when they are fleeing a violent relationship.

We partner with community housing organisations to provide transitional housing for women and children who are no longer in crisis but have ongoing support needs. We currently have 26 properties that clients can stay in for up to 12 months. During this time, we work with women to secure long-term safe housing.

Please find below information about our services sites:

Wirrawee Gunya Services

Wirrawee Gunya staff are local Aboriginal women who have strong connections with the local Aboriginal community but also, have extensive experience in providing specialised domestic and family violence support that is culturally safe, appropriate and sensitive support to women and children.

Wirrawee Gunya provides crisis accommodation, transitional housing and outreach supports to Aboriginal women and children across Nepean, Blue Mountains and Blacktown regions. We also have an Aboriginal Children’s Specialist Worker that provides intensive support to children in our services in rebuilding relationships, connections with mums, siblings, family and community but also, have positive and happy experiences after being victims of violence.

We have two locations for our Aboriginal Refuges- Wirrawee Gunya Penrith and Wirrawee Gunya Dharruk.

Blue Mountain Services

DV West Blue Mountains service provides specialist case management support through crisis refuge accommodation, transitional housing, and outreach support and referral services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. This refuge is also pet friendly and has the facilities to offer refuge accommodation to solo women or mum plus one child and their pet.

Blacktown Hills Services

DV West Blacktown/Hills service provides specialist case management support through crisis refuge accommodation, transitional housing, case management, outreach support and referral services to women without accompanying children who are experiencing domestic violence. This refuge is also pet friendly and has the facilities to offer refuge accommodation to women and their pets.

Nepean Services

DV West Nepean service provides specialist case management support through crisis refuge accommodation, transitional housing, and outreach support and referral services to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Children DV Specialist Program

We work with children in close partnership with their mother/carers, to develop children’s case plans that meet their individual goals and wishes. Our aim is to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors through specialist domestic violence case management. Our focus is to increase children’s connection with their family, community and culture, and support them to meet their educational, health and developmental milestones. Our Holiday & Activities Program assists children to strengthen their relationship with their mother/carer and siblings, and create happy memories.

Whichever DV West service you access; we can help you with a wide range of supports and services including:

  • DV counselling
  • Legal assistance
  • Safety planning
  • Accompaniment to court and other appointments
  • Help filling in forms and paperwork
  • Arranging interpreter services
  • Security upgrades to remain in your home
  • Help with tenancy issues
  • Support with parenting
  • Australian residency issues after leaving a violent relationship
  • Advocacy and referral to other agencies like HomesNSW, Centrelink, Police, Child Protection, Health services, counselling, agencies that provide material support
  • Remote e-safety assessments
  • We offer group programs, which assist women in exploring ways to move forward with confidence, knowledge and empowerment after they have left a violent relationship.

Safety Plans

Safety planning helps whether you still are living in domestic violence or have left domestic violence.
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For Organisations

If you work for an organisation and are looking to refer a client, please contact us by phone or email.