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Domestic Violence Justice Strategy Annual Reports

Domestic Violence Justice Strategy Bulletin 2014/2015

The NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy Bulletin 2014/2015 [PDF 527kb] ​provides a snapshot of domestic violence data across the state and outlines the steps that have been taken in delivering better support for victims and tougher measures for perpetrators. Key achievements in 2014-15 include:

  • Reducing the pressure on victims in court: allowing victims to give their main evidence via a pre-recorded video or audio statement;
  • Increasing immediate victims’ safety: allowing senior police to issue provisional ADVOs on the spot and to detain defendants for the purpose of serving the order immediately after the incident;
  • Improving coordination of support to victims: allowing greater information sharing between government agencies to facilitate victims’ access to support services and ensuring priority is given to those victims who are at greater risk of a serious threat of violence;
  • Increasing victims’ safety and support: expanding Safer Pathways, which provides a single coordinated response for victims and their children, to four more locations including Bankstown, Parramatta, Broken Hill and Tweed Heads on 1 July 2015;
  • Increase in the number of persons of interest charged: 43,814 charges against persons of interest (suspected offenders), up from 39,965 in 2013.

Domestic Violence Justice Strategy Annual Report for 2013

This report [PDF 190kb] provides details of the Strategy achievements in 2013, a brief snapshot of domestic violence data in NSW as well as baseline data highlighting each Justice Outcome. The report concludes with a brief summary of the Strategy priorities for 2014.

To give an overview, in 2013 a number of key policy changes and practice developments were progressed to improve the justice system's response to domestic violence and to support the Strategy. These included:

  • Legislative reform to allow Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) to more quickly and efficiently be obtained for perpetrators and ensure victims’ safety.

  • Legislative reform to allow information sharing among agencies and services to prevent and reduce serious threats to the life, health or safety of victims, and facilitate victims’ access to domestic violence support services.

  • The introduction of the Code of Practice for the NSW Charter of Victims’ Rights. This initiative, led by Victims Services, clearly outlines service provider’s obligations to victims of crime and assists victims to understand how to access their rights.

  • Implementation of training for NSWPF in improved evidence collection procedures to support the active prosecution of domestic violence cases.

  • Implementation of minimum standards for domestic violence behaviour change programs to ensure that existing programs reflect best practice in holding offenders’ accountable while prioritising the safety of women and children.

  • Implementation of a specialist domestic violence prosecutor course to support improvements in the prosecution of domestic violence cases.

  • Development of a coordinated response to the management of risk and improved referral pathways to ensure victims and their children receive effective support and interventions based on their needs, including greater access to case management services.

  • Monitoring the impact of Local Court Practice Notes in improving the efficiency of the court process for domestic violence matters.

  • Implementation of a pilot ADVO defendant duty service at Mount Druitt and Burwood whereby defendants in ADVO matters are provided with family and criminal law advice to reduce future breaches of the ADVO.