Department of Family and Community Services

Trends and Issues in Domestic Violence

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27 Aug 2012

Minister for Women Pru Goward today welcomed the final report of the Standing Committee on Social Issues into the trends and issues surrounding domestic violence in NSW.

Ms Goward said the inquiry looked at the causes and impact of domestic and family violence as a whole, examining strategies to reduce breaches and improve compliance with apprehended domestic violence orders.

“The committee also looked at early intervention strategies to prevent domestic violence,” Ms Goward said.

“I would like to thank the Hon. Niall Blair MLC for all his work as Chair of the inquiry, as well as all the other committee members for their dedication and interest in such an important issue.

“There were a total of 80 submissions made and I would like to thank the organisations and individuals who took the time and effort to participate,” she said.

Ms Goward said the Government will consider all the findings and recommendations of the report.

“The 400 page report and its recommendations will be considered as part of the development of a NSW Domestic and Family Violence Framework, which The Department of Family and Community Services is leading across the NSW Government,” she said.

“The framework will be developed by a number of departments, including the NSW Police, the courts, NSW Health and the non-government sector to improve coordination and integration of service responses to domestic and family violence in NSW.”

The new domestic and family violence framework will be released for public consultation in 2013.

For further information including a copy of the final report, submissions, and terms of reference visit www.parliament.nsw.gov.au and follow the links to committees>inquiries>social issues.

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