Policy Submissions & Papers

A core part of our work at DVNSW is to contribute to national and state policy relating to domestic and family violence.

In this way, DVNSW contributes to government inquiries and royal commissions through policy submissions:

Sexual assault


DVNSW members responded to a survey which formed the basis of our submission to the review of consent in relation to sexual assault offences in NSW.

See the DVNSW submission on consent

Family law

Working to ensure the family law system and courts act to protect women and children impacted by domestic and family violence is critical. We therefore made the following submissions relating to family law:


DVNSW Family Law Court Submission


DVNSW Family Law Court Submission


DVNSW Family Law Court Submission

Men's behaviour change


DVNSW worked with No To Violence and the Men's Behaviour Change Network in developing our response to the draft MBC Standards.

DVNSW submission on draft Men's Behaviour Change Standards


DVNSW contributed to the Review of Minimum Standards and Development of the Men’s Behaviour Change sector in NSW.

DVNSW MBC submission July 2016



DVNSW contributed to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal NSW review of Social and Affordable Housing Rent Models.

IPART DVNSW Submission Social and Affordable Housing Rent Models


Child protection

Ensuring the safety and well-being of children is a core part of domestic and family violence policy and practice. Our comments to the NSW Government's inquiry into child protection can be downloaded here:

Inquiry into Child Protection

Perpetrators / justice policy


DVNSW contributed to the NSW Department of Justice’s review of the NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy (2013-2017).

DVNSW submission DVJS


The safety of victim-survivors is of the utmost importance to DVNSW. This means holding perpetrators to account and targeting high risk offenders. DVNSW contributed to the NSW government’s proposals for interventions with high risk domestic violence offenders:

DVNSW submission interventions for higher risk offenders


The leading cause of homelessness is domestic and family violence. Consequently, a significant element of our work relates to improving policies relating to homelessness.


DVNSW submitted the following relating to the Homelessness Strategy in 2016:

DVNSW Homelessness Strategy submission

Women NSW

DVNSW drafted a submission to contribute to the creation of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men and Children. This paper sets out the directions and actions to reform the domestic violence system in NSW over the next five years.

DVNSW Blueprint for Reform Submission

DVNSW also submitted a response through the NSW Women's Alliance:

Blueprint submission - NSW Women's Alliance

NGO benchmarking

DVNSW submitted comments regarding the Social Innovation Council’s NGO Benchmarking Model.

NGO Benchmarking March 1 2017