Government

We work to advise NSW and Commonwealth governments on how to best support victim-survivors of DFV.

We advocate for the needs of services relating to the following NSW government policies:

Women NSW

Women NSW - It Stops Here

These reforms aim to improve the way government agencies and non-government organisations respond to and prevent domestic and family violence across NSW.

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.

NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men and Children

The Blueprint 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.

FaCS

Department of Family and Community Services - Specialist Homelessness Services 

Housing NSW recognises that domestic and family violence has a serious and harmful impact on victims and their families. Housing NSW is committed to reducing the effects of domestic and family violence by improving access to safe and affordable housing, and providing appropriate and timely housing assistance. Any person being subjected to or recently experiencing, domestic or family violence may apply for housing assistance from Housing NSW.

Housing NSW and participating community housing providers provide a range of assistance to help eligible clients in need. The Housing Pathways website or the local Housing NSW office can provide more information about the types of help available and how to access them.

Housing NSW is also a partner in state-wide domestic violence initiatives such as Staying Home, Leaving Violence and the Domestic Violence Intervention Court Model.

For more information, please see Domestic Violence and Homelessness and the Domestic and Family Violence - Housing NSW Policy Statement.

Justice

The NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy

The Commonwealth Government's National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).

Released in 2011, the National Plan explains what we are doing to reduce violence against women and their children. Its vision is that:

  • Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.

Over 12 years the National Plan aims to achieve:

  • A significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.

The National Plan focuses on the two main types of violent crimes that have a major impact on women in Australia–domestic and family violence and sexual assault. Research shows there is a strong link between violence against women and their children and how people view the roles of women and men. The National Plan focuses on stopping violence before it happens in the first place, supporting women who have experienced violence, stopping men from committing violence, and building the evidence base so that we learn more about ‘what works’ in reducing domestic and family violence and sexual assault.