Outer West Domestic Violence Network (OWDVN)
Based in Blacktown LGA*, the OWDVN is an interagency group which aims to work collaboratively to address Domestic/Family Violence within a human rights framework advocating the right to safety for all women and children.
*Comprising 3 Local Area Commands (LACs) Blacktown, Mt Druitt and Quakers Hill
To provide a forum for coordinated, timely response to domestic/family violence issues in Blacktown LGA.
To increase safety and support for women and children in the Blacktown LGA through education and prevention programs, and through partnerships and collaboration.
To increase knowledge, resources and activities which addressing the needs of women and children affected by violence.
To advocate, lobby and engage with policy makers and key influential, building awareness and the capacity for system change.
What we do:
Understand and communicate the true nature and depth of domestic/family
Undertake local projects and events addressing domestic/family violence across the Blacktown LACs.
Develop and distribute information and resources relating to domestic/family violence. This includes the crisis referral cards and the OWDVN services directory.
Work to decrease incidents of domestic/family violence.
and encourage information sharing, collaboration and participation.
Keep the prevention of violence against women on the public agenda
Create opportunities for professional development
Provide mutual support for our peers, building relationships that support integrated service provision.
Meetings are open to all organisations in the Blacktown LGA that support families who are affected by domestic/family violence
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month (except December and January), 2:30pm-4:30pm at the Mount Druitt HUB (Upstairs from the Mount Druitt Library).
The March meeting of every year is set aside for review of OWDVN terms of reference and to plan projects for the coming year.
The role of minute taker at the meetings is rotated through the membership
Students on placement at OWDVN Network member organisations are welcome to attend the meetings in an observer capacity. Students must always be accompanied by a paid staff member/ supervising staff member of the organisation they are placed with. Students must not be sent as representatives of the organisation they are placed with.
Events will be updated during the year