Domestic Violence in any form is a stain on our society. We're committed to tackling this scourge and we're pleased to see a raft of innovative reforms are now under way.
Key achievements in 2014-15 include:
- Reducing the pressure on victims in court: allowing victims to give their main evidence via a pre-recorded video or audio statement;
- Increasing immediate victims’ safety: allowing senior police to issue provisional Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders on the spot and to detain defendants for the purpose of serving the order immediately after the incident;
- Improving coordination of support to victims: allowing greater information sharing between government agencies to facilitate victims’ access to support services and ensuring priority is given to those victims who are at greater risk of a serious threat of violence;
- Increasing victims’ safety and support: expanding Safer Pathways, which provides a single coordinated response for victims and their children, to four more locations including Bankstown, Parramatta, Broken Hill and Tweed Hills on 1 July 2015; and
- Increase in the number of suspected offenders charged.
We’re working to deliver better support for victims and tougher measures for perpetrators and now it’s your turn to give the feedback we need.
The consultation is now open and closes 5pm Friday 5 February 2016. To join the conversation and to download the community workshop toolkit visit http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/consultations/domestic-and-family-violence-response/?date=2015-12-04&id=1367.