Have your say on the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Melinda Pavey, NSW Member for Oxley, is seeking local feedback on an Australian-first scheme to minimise the risk of domestic violence.
Announced as a key election commitment, the NSW Government is now piloting a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) that enables people to find out whether their partner has a history of domestic violence.
Mrs Pavey said she remains troubled that instances of Domestic Violence across the region are too high.
“Even one case of domestic violence is one too many.
“However, local community bodies and Government agencies say it’s still occurring – and this is why the NSW Government has put a program in place.
A DVDS allows people to make informed decisions about their relationships and safety, to seek assistance or undertake safety planning. The scheme will be piloted over two year in four areas in NSW. If successful, it could be rolled out across NSW.
“The DVDS is another tool which the NSW Government is using to tackle the scourge of domestic violence. The statistics on local Domestic assault ‘Hotspots’ can be viewed at http://crimetool.boscar.nsw.gov.au/boscar/”
The DVDS is similar to an initiative that was successfully introduced in the United Kingdom called Clare’s Law.
“I encourage our community to provide feedback on the DVDS”, Mrs Pavey said.
To view the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme Discussion Paper and provide feedback, visit http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/consultations/domestic-violence-disclosure-scheme