Department of Family and Community Services

Domestic violence disclosure scheme launched

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13 Apr 2016

People at risk of domestic violence will now have an important resource to turn to as a result of the trial of an Australian-first domestic violence disclosure scheme.

Launching the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said the program will increase the safety of people potentially at risk of domestic violence by giving them the opportunity to find out if their current or former partner has a violent past.

"For too long, domestic violence has been a hidden issue. It is rarely a one-off incident, and if we are going to break the cycle we need to intervene early and prevent future violence," Ms Goward said.

Speaking at the launch in the Sutherland Local Area Command (LAC), one of the four pilot sites, Ms Goward said the DVDS was another example of the NSW Government delivering on an election commitment. "