WDVCAS NSW is the peak, state-wide body representing the 29 individual WDVCAS services that operate across New South Wales supporting women and their children who are experiencing domestic violence.
We are an independent voice for our members, who are the 29 WDVCAS services and their clients, as well as associate members. We operate from a human rights and feminist perspective to support better outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic violence. We identify and advocate on domestic violence issues within social, political and legal contexts, at both state and national levels.
WDVCAS NSW was established in 1995 as in informal network. Since 2011 the organisation has operated independently from Legal Aid NSW with a board appointed Director.
WDVCAS NSW Inc is funded by Legal Aid NSW through the Women Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP).
For a copy of the current WDVCAS NSW’s Constitution click here.
Legal Aid NSW funds 29 Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services through the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP).
The WDVCAP was formally established in 1995 with funding from the NSW Government. The aim of the WDVCAP is to assist women and children experiencing domestic violence to obtain legal protection through an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO).
The aim of the WDVCAP is to provide a holistic service which:
More information on the WDVCAP can be found on the Legal Aid NSW website at http://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/community-partnerships/womens-domestic-violence-court-advocacy-program
WDVCAP also provides funding to WDVCAS NSW to enable the organisation to act as an independent association representing WDVCAS workers. For more information on the relationship between WDVCAP, the 29 individual WDVCASs, and WDVCAS NSW click here.
Each of the 29 individual WDVCASs are funded by Legal Aid NSW through the WDVCAP. For more information on the role and goals of the WDVCASs click here.
WDVCASs provide information, assistance and court advocacy services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. They provide a model of advocacy that is holistic and;
While a core focus of the WDVCASs is to provide court advocacy, they also provide non-court related generalist assistance. They provide information on a range of matters, including avenues of self empowerment for women. Two WDVCASs (Macarthur and Wagga Wagga) also provide case management to women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence.
The WDVCASs were also selected to host the Local Coordination Points across the state as part of the Domestic and Family Violence Reforms. Click here for more information .
83% (24 of 29) of WDVCASs are funded to employ specialist Aboriginal workers and 45% (13) receive funding to employ specialist CALD workers. Both specialist worker groups participate in network meetings and activities and share their expertise and knowledge with other workers at their respective WDVCAS.
Each of the 29 individual WDVCASs are funded by Legal Aid NSW through the WDVCAP.
WDVCAS NSW is the peak non-government association assisting women and children seeking legal protection from domestic violence. Our members are comprised of members from the 29 individual WDVCAS as well as associate members.
The goals that guide the services provided by WDVCASs include: