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Publications

Women’s Safety NSW regularly makes submissions to government inquiries and reform processes and from time to time release other publications such as reports and position statements which outline our members’ position on a range of legislative, policy and practice areas impacting upon women’s safety, justice and wellbeing. Check out our latest publications here:

UPDATE: Impacts on COVID-19 on Domestic and Family Violence in NSW

Last week, Women’s Safety NSW published a report detailing the impacts of COVID-19 on domestic and family violence (DFV) and the frontline services who respond to it. A survey was undertaken of frontline workers, coordinators and service providers across the state to establish their concerns. This week, Women’s Safety NSW has again surveyed frontline workers…

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Summary Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children Experiencing DFV and Frontline DFV Services

Women’s Safety NSW has undertaken a survey of frontline workers, Coordinators and service providers to ascertain how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) responses in NSW and to request feedback on what urgent measures are needed to effectively respond to the crisis at this time. This report summarises the findings of…

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AWAVA’s analysis of the 2019-2020 Federal Budget

Budget measures to address violence against women and their children AWAVA has completed the analysis how the 2019-2020 Federal Budget’s measure contribute to addressing violence against women and their children. You can download the full text HERE.

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Analysis of the Fourth Action Plan

The Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children has been announced and endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments. AWAVA has prepared an analysis of the Fourth Action Plan mapping it against our earlier submission during the consultations. In summary, the Fourth Action Plan is positive in…

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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…

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Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System

Women’s Safety NSW is a peak representative body for women’s specialist domestic and family violence services in NSW – including all Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services working in 114 Local Courts across NSW and in the Family Law Courts and coordinating the NSW Government’s Victim Safety Response – Safer Pathway.  We advocate on behalf…

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Response to the NSW Law Reform Commission’s Draft Proposals on Consent in Relation to Sexual Offences

Women’s Safety NSW welcomes the draft proposals of the NSW Law Reform Commission (“the Commission”) on consent in relation to sexual offences. Following our previous submission (see WDVCAS submission dated 16 April 2019), this response includes our views, the majority of which are positive and supportive, on the draft proposals, and further recommendations for crucial…

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Open Justice Review: Preliminary Submission

The current legislative framework governing access, disclosure and publication of court and tribunal information is failing to adequately protect women and their children who have experienced domestic and family violence from intrusions of privacy which in many cases result in women and their children being re-traumatised. On the flipside, victims of domestic and family violence often…

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Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System

The current family law system is failing to produce processes and outcomes which consistently prioritise the safety, recovery and wellbeing of women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence. Feedback obtained by WDVCAS and FASS workers from our clients, women who have accessed the family law system in the context of family violence throughout NSW, reveals…

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Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services NSW submission to the Senate Inquiry into new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

WDVCAS NSW has significant concerns around both the process and outcomes associated with the proposed Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act).Our concerns are thus twofold. Firstly, implementing a ‘reform’ of such magnitude three months prior to a comprehensive review of the family law systembeing finalised and recommendations being handed down does not meet…

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Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

Women’s Safety NSW brief summary of survey responses for the Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse Roundtable. Domestic Violence & Animal Abuse – Brief Summary for Roundtable

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Blueprint for Reform – Removing Barriers to Safety for Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence who are on Temporary Visas

In 2018 the National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence produced a Path to Nowhere report that examined the issues for women on temporary visas experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence and their dependants. Report findings highlighted a national crisis, affirmed by evidence and reviews nationally, which requires immediate law and policy…

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