The NSW Government is committed to improving the justice system response to domestic and family violence.
In 2015, the Government made reducing domestic violence reoffending one of its highest priorities, establishing it as a Premier’s Priority.
To support achievement of the Premier’s Priority, the Government is delivering a comprehensive and innovative program of work focused on: intervening earlier; driving behaviour change among sentenced offenders; and actively monitoring and policing high risk offenders.
By working with domestic violence perpetrators to address their behaviour and hold them to account, we are improving victim safety and protecting our community from the serious harm caused by domestic violence reoffending.
Domestic and Family Violence Pets and Animal Welfare Support (DFV PAWS) Grant Program
The NSW Department of Communities and Justice has developed a grants program to support victim-survivors of domestic and family violence to leave violent situations without worrying about the safety of their pets.
Learn more about the Domestic and Family Violence Pets and Animal Welfare Support (DFV PAWS) Grant Program.
Coercive control discussion paper
The Department of Communities and Justice has released a discussion paper on coercive and controlling behavior in the context of domestic and family violence in NSW.
Further information and a copy of the discussion paper is available on the Coercive control discussion paper webpage.
Changes to ADVOs
From 28 March 2020, changes will come into force for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs). For more information read the ADVOs Changes to Duration factsheet [PDF 155kb]
Reforms were also introduced in 2018 to strengthen the Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) regime. Further information about these earlier reforms is contained in the below media release and factsheet: