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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.


Victim-survivors of domestic and family violence and their animals will be better protected as a result of recent legislative amendments

From 27 March 2021 changes to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (CDPV Act) will come into affect. These amendments include changing the definition of intimidation to explicitly include harm to, or harm threatened to the animals of a victim-survivor as a form of intimidation, which is a crime. The amendments also ensure that every apprehended violence order (AVO) will explicitly state that harm to a victim-survivor's animals is prohibited.

Read more about how ​Victim-survivors of domestic and family violence and their animals will be better protected as a result of recent legislative amendments.

Domestic and Family Violence Pets and Animal Welfare Support (DFV PAWS) Grant Program

The NSW Department of Communities and Justice has developed a grants program to support victim-survivors of domestic and family violence to leave violent situations without worrying about the safety of their pets.

Learn more about the Domestic and Family Violence Pets and Animal Welfare Support (DFV PAWS) Grant Program.

Coercive control discussion paper

The Department of Communities and Justice has released a discussion paper on coercive and controlling behavior in the context of domestic and family violence in NSW.

For further information and a copy of the discussion paper is available visit Coercive control discussion paper.

Changes to ADVOs

From 28 March 2020, changes will come into force for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs). For more information read the ADVOs Changes to Duration factsheet [PDF]

Reforms were also introduced in 2018 to strengthen the Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) regime. Further information about these earlier reforms is contained in the below media release and factsheet:

Image of a woman with a hand outstreached covering her faceAbout domestic violence

Information on the signs and effects of domestic and family violence.

Image of adult looking at a mobile phone​Where to get help

Information on where to get help for survivors of domestic and family violence including:
  • Emergency help
  • Interpreters
  • Counselling, support and advice
  • Domestic violence support services

Image of group of adultsOur programs

Helping NSW to reduce domestic violence reoffending through a number of interventions including:



ReINVEST trial

Men’s Behaviour Change Programs 

Corrective Services NSW interventions

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Domestic Violence Justice Strategy

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.

Annual reports

Click to view Justice Publications about domestic violenceJustice publications

These publications are designed to provide you with information on new laws to protect victims of domestic violence, a guide to going to court and getting help with domestic violence.