NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy Bulletin 2014/2015 [PDF 527kb] provides a snapshot of domestic violence data across the state and outlines the steps that have been taken in delivering better support for victims and tougher measures for perpetrators. Key achievements in 2014-15 include:
report [PDF 190kb] provides details of the Strategy achievements in 2013, a brief snapshot of domestic violence data in NSW as well as baseline data highlighting each Justice Outcome. The report concludes with a brief summary of the Strategy priorities for 2014.
To give an overview, in 2013 a number of key policy changes and practice developments were progressed to improve the justice system's response to domestic violence and to support the Strategy. These included:
Legislative reform to allow Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) to more quickly and efficiently be obtained for perpetrators and ensure victims’ safety.
Legislative reform to allow information sharing among agencies and services to prevent and reduce serious threats to the life, health or safety of victims, and facilitate victims’ access to domestic violence support services.
The introduction of the Code of Practice for the NSW Charter of Victims’ Rights. This initiative, led by Victims Services, clearly outlines service provider’s obligations to victims of crime and assists victims to understand how to access their rights.
Implementation of training for NSWPF in improved evidence collection procedures to support the active prosecution of domestic violence cases.
Implementation of minimum standards for domestic violence behaviour change programs to ensure that existing programs reflect best practice in holding offenders’ accountable while prioritising the safety of women and children.
Implementation of a specialist domestic violence prosecutor course to support improvements in the prosecution of domestic violence cases.
Development of a coordinated response to the management of risk and improved referral pathways to ensure victims and their children receive effective support and interventions based on their needs, including greater access to case management services.
Monitoring the impact of Local Court Practice Notes in improving the efficiency of the court process for domestic violence matters.
Implementation of a pilot ADVO defendant duty service at Mount Druitt and Burwood whereby defendants in ADVO matters are provided with family and criminal law advice to reduce future breaches of the ADVO.