Over the next four weeks, the general public will have the chance to read and comment on proposed reforms aimed at stopping domestic and family violence in NSW on the Have Your Say website.
The new It Stops Here: Standing together to end domestic and family violence reforms were developed in close consultation with more than 300 representatives from more than 50 organisations in the domestic and family violence sector, including the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement, the Women Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, the Department of Family and Community Services, the NSW Police Force, the NSW Ministry of Health, and special service providers that support Aboriginal communities and, people with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
The reforms introduce a unified and consistent level of support based around individual needs. This will be achieved through:
- a policy framework that promotes a common understanding and response to domestic and family violence, including shared outcomes, overarching principles and a single definition of domestic and family violence
- on-the-ground initiatives such as minimum practice standards, a risk identification tool, central referral points to guide people between services and safety action meetings where information about high-risk cases is shared to enable service providers to respond in a cohesive manner
- research to determine activities designed to support men, women, children and young people across all communities in NSW to understand and develop healthy, respectful relationships.
For a person facing domestic and family violence these initiatives will allow them to move between support agencies without having to repeat their story. They will also ensure they are always dealt with in a way that is respectful of their cultural beliefs or relationship choices.
The reforms were developed in parallel to the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy, which aims to hold perpetrators accountable and prevent re-offending.
Source: Women NSW