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It Stops Here

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It Stops Here Progress Report Card

The NSW Government is pleased to provide the It Stops Here Progress Report Card on Year One of the implementation of the domestic and family violence reforms.

It Stops Here

The It Stops Here: Standing together to end domestic and family violence (PDF) reforms aim to improve the way government agencies and non-government organisations respond to and prevent domestic and family violence across NSW.

Through It Stops Here the NSW Government is implementing an integrated and coordinated state-wide system that ensures the safety of victims and their children is paramount, by strengthening our approach to violence prevention; changing the way we deliver services and support to victims of violence; and delivering programs and services that hold perpetrators accountable and reduce re-offending.

The reforms provide a consistent level of support based around individual needs which is achieved through:

  • a policy framework that promotes a common understanding of, and response to domestic and family violence (such as a common definition);
  • research to determine activities designed to support men, women, children and young people to understand and develop healthy, respectful relationships;
  • improving the consistency and effectiveness of the system response through new referral pathways of service coordination, including consistent screening through an evidence based risk identification tool; an electronic Central Referral Point (CRP) to ensure referrals are made and acted on quickly; Local Coordination Points (LCPs) across NSW to provide victims with case coordination and access to local services; and local Safety Action Meetings (SAMs) to reduce the risk to victims identified as at serious threat of further harm;
  • on-the-ground initiatives such as minimum practice standards, which ensure victims of family and domestic violence receive a consistent level of response that helps them to recover regardless of the point at which they enter the system; and
  • training to support workers implementing the reforms, as well as to generally up skill the sector to better support victims.

The reforms were developed in parallel to the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy which aims to strengthen the criminal justice response to domestic and family violence, for example, by holding perpetrators accountable and preventing re-offending.

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