Department of Family and Community Services

It Stops Here - A new approach to domestic violence in NSW

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16 Feb 2014

Minister for Women Pru Goward today announced the launch of the NSW Government’s It Stops Here Domestic and Family Violence Framework, supported by $9.8m in funding to drive down rates of domestic violence, and better respond to victims when it occurs. Two brand new launch sites will be established in Orange and Waverley.

On average one woman is killed by her partner or former partner every week in Australia, and domestic violence is the greatest cause of death and disability for women under the age of 40. It is estimated that domestic violence costs the NSW economy more than $4.5 billion every year.

"The NSW Government’s new approach will mean victims have a single contact point - a specialised domestic violence worker - who will organise everything a victim needs, and the $9.8 million will go straight into violence prevention and male behaviour change," Ms Goward said.

"In addition, the Government is cutting bureaucratic red tape and establishing a new centralised database. This will support the delivery of services to victims and reduce response times by making it easier for government agencies and non-government organisations to share relevant information about victims and their needs."

"We aim to have the launch sites at Orange and Waverley up and running by the middle of the year, because we know domestic violence victims have been waiting long enough for a truly co-ordinated and victim-centred support system," Ms Goward said.

"One of the criticisms the Auditor-General made in 2011 of Labor’s old broken system was that services weren’t co-ordinated. This meant domestic violence victims had to explain their situation again every time they needed help. Being a victim of domestic violence is bad enough; having a system that turned victims off getting help was even worse.

NSW Police, Victim’s Services and the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCAS) will be responsible for implementing the new referral pathways in new launch sites, with consultation between the Government and the sector ongoing.

It Stops Here builds on reforms already introduced by the O’Farrell Government, including Staying Home, Leaving Violence, which aims to remove perpetrators rather than force victims to leave their home, and the Men’s Referral Service, which aims to assist men change their violent behaviour.

More information can be found at women.nsw.gov.au