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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 system.


The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

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:

  • Oxley
  • Shoalhaven
  • Sutherland
  • St George

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.​

Latest News

It Stops Here Safer Pathway commenced in Parramatta, Bankstown, Broken Hill and Tweed Heads on 1 July 2015

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.

NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy

Domestic Violence Justice Strategy 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 reoccurringread more about the NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy

Read the media release from the Attorney General [PDF, 110kb]

The Domestic Violence Justice Strategy is available in print and alternate formats. If you require this publication in an alternative format, please email jsp.enquiries@justice.nsw.gov.au.

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.