NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021
The NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men and Children sets out the directions and actions to reform the domestic violence system in NSW over the next five years:
- Invest $20 million in an Innovation Fund to support innovative prevention and early intervention strategies, and crisis responses.
- Expand Tackling Violence to new areas with the highest incidence of domestic and family violence
- Continue the state-wide rollout of Safer Pathway to 21 new sites, and extend support to male victims.
- Increase support for the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program to meet new demand from increased Police referrals.
- Improve behaviour change interventions for high-risk domestic and family violence offenders
- Co-design service quality standards and training requirements with non-government organisations.
The Blueprint provides the framework for building an effective system that addresses the causes and responds to the symptoms of domestic and family violence. It includes strategies to prevent domestic and family violence, intervene early with individual and communities at risk, support victims, hold perpetrators to account, and improve the quality of services and the system as a whole.
From 2016-17, the NSW Government is investing more than $300 million over the next four years to the specialist domestic and family violence response, more than doubling the investment in specialist domestic and family violence services and initiatives. This investment will also support the implementation of the Blueprint. In the 2017-2018 Budget this commitment was extended to $350 million over four years.
One in six Australian women, and one in 20 Australian men have, since the age of 15, experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner they have lived with.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)
The Blueprint was developed in consultation with people affected by domestic and family violence, as well as service providers and stakeholders from the domestic and family violence sector, and the broader NSW community.
The NSW Government will work in partnership with non-government organisations, the private sector and the broader community over the next five years to build a more effective domestic and violence system that embeds primary prevention activities to change community attitudes, reduces re-offending, and ultimately stops domestic and family violence before it eventuates.
The Blueprint Annual Report Card – Year One
The Blueprint Annual Report Card – Year One was released on 26 September 2017. The Report Card outlines the significant achievements made in the first year of the implementation of the Blueprint, including:
- a commitment to funding seven new and innovative projects addressing domestic and family violence through the first round of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Innovation Fund
- expanding Tackling Violence to nine new communities
- expanding Safer Pathway to 21 new sites to provide increased safety supports to victims of domestic and family violence
- establishing three Police High Risk Offender Teams to target recidivist offenders and investigate domestic and family violence incidents.