Publications: Submissions

Submission: Gambling Reform and Domestic and Family Violence

Women’s Safety NSW is pleased to submit a submission on the proposed reforms to gambling laws. Women’s Safety NSW support the reforms, but draw attention to the need to consider the appropriateness and potential repercussions of a family member led-exclusion scheme—which is designed to empower family members, including current and former spouses, to make an…

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Submission to the Committee on Children and Young People

Women’s Safety NSW is pleased to submit a submission into the inquiry into the Child Protection and Social Services System. There is growing evidence of the extent to which children are exposed to domestic and family violence in Australia and the effects this has on their development. Many children have witnessed violence, with 68% of…

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SUBMISSION: Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

Women’s Safety NSW is pleased to be afforded the opportunity to make this submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence. The submission directly addresses each of the terms of reference for the Inquiry but highlights some key areas for immediate action such as investment in an implementation plan for the Our Watch…

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Animal Abuse and Domestic and Family Violence

Women’s Safety NSW have compiled this report in response to the Consultation Paper for the NSW Government’s Review into Animal Abuse and Domestic and Family Violence. Animal abuse within violent households is often an overlooked aspect within a domestic and family violence context. Our report assists in meeting the purpose of the review in understanding…

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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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