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App to help domestic violence perpetrators comply with AVO rules

An app aiming to increase domestic violence perpetrators’ compliance with apprehended violence orders will launch across the state on Wednesday.

The NSW government-funded mobile app ‘Avow’ will provide information about court processes and the consequences of breaching an Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders.

It will also include features that allow users to plan how they will comply with an order and how to access support services.

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Women’s Safety NSW chief executive Hayley Foster said she hoped the reviews would address accountability, transparency of how police handle cases, and see greater collaboration between frontline support services to improve training, policy and response.

“We don’t want to wait until there are horrific homicides like the John Edwards case to get substantial change. At the end of the day, we need reform and we have needed it for a while.”

Edwards shot Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, with a legally owned and acquired Glock pistol at their West Pennant Hills home in north-west Sydney in July 2018. Then he drove home to Hornsby and turned the gun on himself. The children’s mother, Olga, took her own life five months later.

Domestic Violence NSW chief executive officer Delia Donovan said it was important responses to domestic violence are dynamic and creative, including offering more in-depth training to younger police officers.

To read the full article for the Sydney Morning Herald by Laura Chung click HERE

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