Bromhead appointed to Parliament's new Domestic Violence Group
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has been appointed to the new Parliamentary Friends of the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault group which has been formed by members of NSW Parliament in Sydney this week.
Mr Bromhead has been elected as a deputy chair of the group along with two further deputy chairs Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC and Ms Trish Doyle MP. The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC is chair and membership is open to all MPs.
“This is a bi-partisan group which is important as the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault are critical to every community in NSW and it gives both sides of parliament the opportunity to work together,” Mr Bromhead said.
“The formation of the group is an important step forward and follows the appointment of Australia’s first-ever Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Hon Pru Goward.
“It also comes after the announcement of a NSW Government grant to fill the funding gap that will enable the opening of the Tuncurry Women’s Shelter.
“Coming with the new Forster shelter and the Taree Women’s Refuge which is run by the Samaritans, we can see how important domestic violence is to the Myall Lakes community.”
Mr Bromhead said several important actions are already in place, including:
- introducing a pilot Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) that enables people to find out whether their partner has a history of domestic violence offences;
- introducing new legislation that will give police new powers to investigate crimes against women, including the use of video evidence obtained by police;
- the appointment of 24 new domestic violence specialist police officers; and
- NSW Premier Mike Baird making the reduction in domestic violence one of his Top 12 State Priorities
“The Premier’s emphasis on how to tackle domestic violence is right,” Mr Bromhead said.
“As he said, we need to put so much more effort into prevention of domestic violence to treat the causes, not just pick up the broken pieces after a tragedy.
“As an example, the new Safer Pathway model is designed to reduce the threat of serious harm, further injury or death to victims of domestic violence.
“The model creates a streamlined, integrated referral pathway for all victims who are ‘at Threat’ or at ‘Serious Threat’ to their life, health or safety as a result of domestic violence.
“As a White Ribbon ambassador since 2010, I have championed this cause in Parliament and will continue to do so, as I am most passionate about women having a place of shelter to go to, should they be subjected to violence in their home.”