Calling for input into handling domestic violence
LOCAL community is being called on to help shape domestic and family violence (DFV) in NSW.
Clarence MP and Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Chris Gulaptis wants to better target perpetrators and improve support for victims.
He said the NSW Government is developing a DFV Blueprint to enhance their response to DFV and public feedback is vital to how we respond.
Helping vulnerable families to be safe
“DFV services play a critical role in helping keep our most vulnerable families safe. We know that having the right support in place is vital when victims make the move to escape violence so it’s important that we get it right,” he said.
“This eight week public consultation period invites feedback from anyone who would like to contribute to this important conversation, including members of the public and anyone who may have accessed or provided domestic and family violence-related services.”
“By participating in this public consultation you will help us gain a better understanding of what works in the current service system, what doesn’t work and where there are any gaps.”
Updates to court system
The NSW Government has achieved significant DFV reforms this year including allowing video evidence in courts; updating the mandatory NSW 7-10 PDHPE syllabus to explicitly include domestic violence; expanding Safer Pathway to a further four sites; funding community based Men’s Behaviour Change Programs and introducing plain English ADVOs.
These reforms are further supported by a $60 million package announced in October that targets perpetrators and supports people who experience DFV.
“A comprehensive toolkit to help guide group discussions and submissions is available on the Have Your Say website,” Mr Gulaptis said.
How to be a part
The consultation is now open and closes 5pm Friday 5 February 2016.
To join the conversation and to download the community workshop toolkit visit http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/consultations/domestic-and-family-violence-response/?date=2015-12-04&id=1367