The NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy Bulletin 2014/2015 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:
Read the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy Bulletin 2014/15 DVJS_Bulletin_2015.pdf
This report 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’
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.
Read the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy Annual Report 2013
[dvjs annual report.pdf]