Submission to the NSW Sentencing Council Review on domestic related homicide
Women’s Safety NSW is a peak representative body for women’s specialist domestic and family violence services in NSW. Our members include all Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services who support women in 114 Local Courts across NSW and in the family law courts, as well as coordinating the NSW Government’s Victim Safety Response – Safer Pathway. Women’s Safety NSW advocates on behalf of our members for systematic reform to increase women’s safety, justice and wellbeing in the context of domestic and family violence.
The aim of our submission to the NSW Sentencing Council is not to replicate the submissions provided by Women’s Legal Service NSW, the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, Domestic Violence NSW or Legal Aid NSW. It is to offer the perspective and understanding of a diverse range of frontline specialist domestic and family violence workers from metropolitan, regional and rural areas who see these cases in high volume as well as providing a voice for victim/survivors of domestic and family violence. The workers who have completed the surveys relied upon for this submission include Service Managers, Coordinators, Support Workers, Court Advocacy Workers, Intake and Referral Officers, Counsellors, and Aboriginal and Multicultural Specialist Workers.
The victims/survivors who have completed the surveys were all heterosexual women with 43% identifying as culturally and linguistically diverse, aged 25 to 44 years (43%) and 45 to 64 years (57%). The women surveyed were from inner metropolitan (57%), outer metropolitan (29%), and regional areas (14%). The range of demographic responses have provided a rounded perspective on sentencing for domestic related homicide.
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