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 relating to the following areas:

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 related policy


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

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



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.

The Blueprint provides the framework for building an effective system that addresses the causes and responds to the symptoms of domestic and family violence. It includes strategies to prevent domestic and family violence, intervene early with individual and communities at risk, support victims, hold perpetrators to account, and improve the quality of services and the system as a whole.

Our submission can be downloaded here: DVNSW Family Law Court Submission

DVNSW also submitted a response through the NSW Women's Alliance (of which we chair): Blueprint submission - NSW Women's Alliance

NGO Benchmarking

DVNSW submitted our comments regarding the Social Innovation Council’s NGO Benchmarking Model. Our feedback can be downloaded here: NGO Benchmarking March 1 2017

Women with No Access to Income

DVNSW chairs a working group that explores how to best assist women who have no access to income and are experiencing domestic and family violence.

DVNSW has drafted an issues paper describing the key challenges faced by this cohort: Summary of Issues - Women with no access to income

For further information about this issue, or the Working Group, please email admin@dvnsw.org.au