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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:

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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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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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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