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​The NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strateg​y


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 reoccurring.

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

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Release of the NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy bulletin 2014/15

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

Consistent and early access to support services for domestic violence victims  

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. ​​