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Publications: Position Papers

Position Paper: Court Responses to Domestic and Family Violence in New South Wales

The court system plays a vital role in responding to domestic and family violence in Australia, and ensuring the ongoing protection of victim-survivors of abuse. When police make a provisional Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) and/or charge an offender for a domestic violence-related offence, or in cases where a domestic violence victim-survivor makes a private…

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Position Paper: Police Domestic and Family Violence Policy and Practice

The pivotal role that police perform as the first responders to domestic violence incidents is well recognised. Attending domestic violence incidents is considered to be a core aspect of police practice. Victim-survivors having initial positive interactions with police lead to improved reporting rates, reduced re-victimisation and an increase in overall safety, justice and wellbeing. It…

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Criminalising Coercive Control: Position Paper

Coercive control is a foundational element of domestic violence, and also a major predictor of severe physical violence and homicide. Women’s Safety NSW regards the criminalisation of coercive control as critically important if Australia is to achieve a substantial reduction in violence against women and domestic homicide. In a 2020 survey conducted by Women’s Safety…

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Briefing Paper: Statewide Survey Results- Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence

Women’s Safety NSW this week conducted a survey of our members regarding women on temporary visas. This survey supports our recent briefing paper on the heightened need for both the NSW Government and the Federal Government to provide support to women on temporary visas experiencing violence during COVID-19. On 22 April 2020, the Tasmanian Government…

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Letter from LGBTIQ DFV Interagency to Minister Speakman

To: Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Dear Minister, LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Interagency We are writing to you as the LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Interagency, a group of community organisations and government agencies committed to improving access to support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer (LGBTIQ)…

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Emergency briefing: Supporting women, children, young and LGBTIQ people experiencing sexual, domestic and family violence during the COVID-19 crisis

The NSW Women’s Alliance have developed an Emergency Briefing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic… “During the COVID-19 crisis, women, children, young and LGBTIQ people are at risk of increased and more severe sexual, domestic and family violence (SDFV) due to further isolation from work, schools, friends and family and other support networks. People may…

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Survey Summary Brief: Bail Laws, Practice and Procedure under COVID-19 as they apply to Domestic Violence Offenders

In response to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Parliament enacted COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020, which, amongst other things, amended the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 to bestow regulation-making power on the Minister in consultation with the Chief Magistrate to alter arrangements in relation to bail and sentencing. (s 366(1)(c),…

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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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