The NSW Government is committed to improving the justice
system response to domestic and family violence.
The NSW State Plan 2021 outlines
governments commitment to preventing and reducing the level of crime, preventing
and reducing re-offending and improving community confidence in the justice
The NSW Government is delivering on its key election commitment, and on 14 October 2015, the Premier and the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault announced the model of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS).
The DVDS will enable a person who has concerns about their partner, or a third party who has concerns about a person's partner, to find out if that partner has a history of domestic violence and related offences.
The DVDS will be piloted in four NSW Police Force Local Area Commands from early 2016:
To find our more, download the fact sheet here.
The model of the DVDS was informed through a wide public consultation process which included a roundtable and targeted workshops with government and non-government organisations.
To view a summary of the consultation process, download it here.
On 15 September 2014 It Stops Here Safer Pathway was launched
in Orange and Waverley.
The NSW Government is changing the way victims of
domestic and family violence get help. Safer Pathway aims to reduce and prevent
death, disability and injury as a result of domestic and family violence, and
facilitate victims’ access to support services. The launch of Safer Pathway
means that services will swiftly and efficiently address the safety needs of
victims from the first point of contact.
New sites rolled out from 1 July 2015 are Parramatta, Bankstown, Broken Hill and Tweed Heads. For further information, resources, tools and templates
see the It Stops Here Safer Pathway link in the blue sidebar.
The NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy
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 fundamental objectives are to make victims safer, hold
perpetrators accountable and prevent domestic violence from
more about the NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy
Read the media release from the Attorney General [PDF,
The Domestic Violence Justice Strategy is
available in print and alternate formats. If you require this publication in an
alternative format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in an emergency situation please call NSW Police on 000.
For other assistance please call the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 (24 hours), or Victims Services on 1800 633 063 (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday).
For support and information about going to court for domestic violence, call the Women' s Domestic violence Court Advocacy Service on 1800 938 227.