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Publications: Submissions

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 Department of Justice on the ADVO Form – Order 6

The NSW Department of Justice is reviewing the Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) form and Order 6. This follows consultations that identified the need for ADVO conditions to be clear, specific and appropriate to the individual circumstances of the victim, the family and the perpetrator, to be most effective in reducing domestic violence. The Department…

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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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