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Domestic and Family Violence Linkers

Three DFV linkers have been engaged as part of our RRR program to provide support for general practices, and minimise the waiting times for referral to appropriate services for patients. 

The DFV Linker will be able to offer your practice advice, support and information to better enable identification and response to domestic and family violence.

Patient support

Your DFV linker can provide your patient with over the phone, or face to face, support regarding DFV on:

  • Initial support and advice
  • Information/referral regarding relevant support services (housing, counselling, financial management)
  • Advice on next steps (Securing an AVO, safety and security)
  • Undertake risk assessment and safety planning
  • Information or referral to behaviour change programs

Practice support

Your DFV linker can provide your practice with over the phone, or face to face, support on:

  • Information on best steps when managing patients affected by DFV
  • Information sessions on the role of general practice in responding to DFV
  • Information on relevant training opportunities
  • Discuss de-identified cases/scenarios with best practice outcomes
  • Information sessions on how to undertake risk assessments and safety planning.

About Our DFV Linkers

Blue Mountains and Lithgow - DV West

DV West services are provided by women, for women and children and operate within a feminist framework and acknowledge that domestic violence is predominately gender-based. The DV West team have specialist expertise in trauma informed and domestic violence informed practice.

Our Blue Mountains and Lithgow Linker

Sheryl has over two decades of experience with interdisciplinary expertise in DFV across the health, social services, justice and homelessness sectors. Sheryl is a strong and passionate advocate for women and children escaping DFV.

Sheryl will work in partnership with general practices to support them in providing lived-experience informed responses to improve patient health, safety and wellbeing.

Sheryl can be contacted via email or 0447 757 498.

Hawkesbury and Penrith Linker - Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia NSW has been supporting couples and families to have healthy safe relationships since 1948, and more specifically over the last 30 years has provided specialised services to address the prevalence and impact of DFV in our community.

Our Hawkesbury and Penrith Linker

Jodie’s extensive expertise in DFV and Mental Health spans more than 12 years, working alongside allied health professionals, co-ordinating support plans for patients, case management for both male and female victims of DFV, counselling, training and therapeutic groupwork facilitation including DFV psycho-education. She is expereicned at helping patients move forward and build resilient and healthy future relationship. Jodie works with people from a range of diverse backgrounds, and assists with safety planning, advocacy, and referrals to support services.

Jodie can be contacted via email or 0435 753 497.

All Regions - Nepean Community Neighbourhood Services (NCNS)

NCNS is an innovative grass-roots organisation that works across the Blue Mountains, Greater Western Sydney, Lithgow and Nepean areas. NCNS work through a model of partnership and collaboration, providing quality programs to support disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the local community to enable strength, inclusion and respect.

Our Aboriginal Identified Linker

Kelli-Lee is a proud Murri woman from the Gureng Gureng nation, respectfully living and working on Darug country. She is a qualified Aboriginal Health Practitioner and has qualifications in mental health and alcohol and other drugs. Kelli-lee has over six years experience working in health with Closing the Gap and has worked with vulnerable communities with complex issues. Kelli-Lee has solid connections with practices who see a higher proportion of Aboriginal patients, she is a strong advocate in her community, and motivated to increase awareness of DFV to keep Aboriginal families together and safe.

Kelli-Lee can be contacted via email or 0437 911 672.