DV West is a not-for-profit organisation that provides services to women and children whose lives have been impacted by domestic and family violence and related issues including homelessness. (Please see our Annual Reports below.)
DV West acknowledges that Domestic Violence is both a crime and a violation of human rights.
We operate within a feminist ideology that acknowledges that domestic violence is a gender-based issue. Staff at DV West are committed to working towards the empowerment of women and children by encouraging them to seek alternatives and options so that women are able to take an active role in making decisions that affect their lives and that of their children’s so they can work towards an independent life free from violence.
DV West recognises that Domestic Violence experienced by Aboriginal women and children must be understood in a cultural, spiritual, holistic context and to take into consideration the abuse which occurs within families, intimate relationships, kinship network and communities and the diversity with each it’s own mixture of culture, customs and language.
At DV West we aim to provide a service that meets the special needs of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, lesbians and transgender women reflecting the diversity of cultures within our community and society while striving to be culturally sensitive and accessible to all women.