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Domestic Violence

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:

Image of a woman with a hand outstreached covering her faceAbout domestic violence

Information on the signs and effects of domestic and family violence.

Image of adult looking at a mobile phone​Where to get help

Information on where to get help for survivors of domestic and family violence including:
  • Emergency help
  • Interpreters
  • Counselling, support and advice
  • Domestic violence support services

Image of group of adultsOur programs

Helping NSW to reduce domestic violence reoffending through a number of interventions including:

Domestic Violence Regional Strategy Groups


ReINVEST trial

Corrective Services NSW interventions

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Domestic Violence Justice Strategy

The NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy (DJVS) is an operational framework that outlines the approaches and standards justice agencies in NSW will adopt to improve the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence.

Annual reports

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These publications are designed to provide you with information on new laws to protect victims of domestic violence, a guide to going to court and getting help with domestic violence.