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Role

The NSW Women’s Refuge Movement Working Party Inc (WRM) is the peak body  of the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement and the statewide representative body of  refuges for women and children escaping domestic violence.It is a network of 55 refuges across NSW.

WRM develops policy and provides information about women's refuges and domestic violence for the community, government agencies and the media.

The WRM Resource Centre provides administrative support and policy  development for the refuges as well as resources and information for the  broader community about issues relating to domestic violence.

Responsibilities

  • provide a supportive network and forum for refuge  workers to discuss and promote best practice and exchange skills and knowledge
  • undertake projects to facilitate the work and  effective operation of member refuges
  • develop and provides resources and information  about women and children’s homelessness, domestic violence and related matters for refuge workers, the sector and the community
  • advise and informs government about issues relating to domestic violence and sexual abuse, women and children’s homelessness, and the needs of women and children as clients of SAAP and other services
  • work with government and community groups to improve responses to women and children escaping domestic violence, sexual  assault and other forms of abuse

Services and  programs

Women’s refuges, are funded through the Supported Accommodation  Assistance Program (SAAP). Refuges  provide case management and a range of supports including accommodation, meals, transport, school liaison/child care, skills education/structured play/skills development, help with behaviour problems, advocacy, assistance with legal matters and referral to counselling/health services.

Many SAAP funded services, particularly women’s refuges and safe houses, identify accompanying children as clients in their own right and focus on  providing opportunities for early intervention/prevention where child  protection issues have been identified, as well as providing services that aim to improve the safety of both women and their children where domestic and family violence has been experienced.

Child support workers in these services provide protective behaviours training for children, assist parents/carers with parenting skills, provide age appropriate support groups/activities, identify children at risk and refer them on as appropriate, provide training to service workers and promote child-awareness practices, and form connections with other service providers to establish a more integrated response for children.

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Last updated: 21 Oct 2019