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. Its objectives are to make victims
safer, hold perpetrators accountable and prevent domestic violence from
The DVJS commits all
justice agencies and victims support services to work together to provide an
effective and integrated response. It sets out six justice outcomes agencies
will aspire to achieve to ensure victims and perpetrators experience high
standards of service across the NSW justice system.
The DVJS also
identifies areas where reform is needed to ensure effective
implementation. These key areas will be addressed through research, and policy
and legislative reform throughout its term.
Read the full version of
the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy
The NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy bulletin highlights some of the outcomes of the raft of innovative reforms
aimed at changing the way the justice system tackles domestic violence and
supports victims. Read the full version of the DVJS Bulletin 2014/15
From 1 July 2015, NSW has in place a system of automatic referral of victims to support services across NSW when victims first come into contact with a justice agency.
This means that when police attend a domestic violence incident, or where a victim approaches a local court to seek an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO), anywhere in NSW, those victims are automatically referred to a domestic violence support service.
All female victims are referred to a local Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS), and where no WDVCAS is available and for all male victims, the referral is made to Victims Services.