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​Domestic Violence

The NSW Government is committed to improving the justice system response to domestic and family violence.

In 2015, the Government made reducing domestic violence reoffending one of its highest priorities, establishing it as a Premier’s Priority.
To support achievement of the Premier’s Priority, the Government is delivering a comprehensive and innovative program of work focused on: intervening earlier; driving behaviour change among sentenced offenders; and actively monitoring and policing high risk offenders.

By working with domestic violence perpetrators to address their behaviour and hold them to account, we are improving victim safety and protecting our community from the serious harm caused by domestic violence reoffending.


The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) will enable a person who has concerns about their partner, or third party who has concerns about a person’s partner, to find out if their current or former partner has a history of domestic violence and related offences. For more information on DVDS, visit the Women NSW page

Safer Pathway

Safer Pathway proposes a fundamental change in how agencies and organisations support victim’s safety in NSW. Through Safer Pathway, the right services are provided to victims when they need them in a coordinated way. For more information on Safer Pathway, please visit the Safer Pathway page.

NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy

Domestic Violence Justice Strategy

The NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy 2013-2017 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 reoccurring.

The Department of Justice is currently undertaking a review of the NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy which is due to be completed in mid-2019.

Review of domestic violence and other homicide sentencing

The NSW Government has ordered an independent review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter offences, including those involving domestic and family violence.

The Sentencing Council is to review the sentencing for the offences of murder and manslaughter under sections 19A, 19B and 24 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), in particular:

  • the standard non-parole periods for murder and whether they should be increased; and
  • the sentences imposed for domestic and family violence related homicides.

Read more about the review in this media release.

Where to get help

If you are in an emergency situation please call NSW Police on 000.

For other assistance for victims of domestic violence, please call:
  • the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 (24 hours)
  • Victims Access Line: 1800 633 063
  • Aboriginal Contact Line: 1800 019 123
Business hours: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

You can also visit the 'where to get help and support' on the Justice website.

For men's family violence telephone counselling, information and referral services, please call the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491.