New approach to domestic violence assistance
New South Wales Minister for Women, Pru Goward, has announced the launch of the NSW Government's It Stops Here Domestic and Family Violence Framework.
On average one woman is killed by her partner or former partner every week in Australia, and domestic violence is the greatest cause of death and disability for women under the age of 40.
"The NSW Government's new approach will mean victims have a single contact point - a specialised domestic violence worker - who will organise everything a victim needs, and the $9.8 million will go straight into violence prevention and male behaviour change," Ms Goward said.
"In addition, the Government is cutting bureaucratic red tape and establishing a new centralised database. This will support the delivery of services to victims and reduce response times by making it easier for government agencies and non-government organisations to share relevant information about victims and their needs," she said.
"We aim to have the launch sites at Orange and Waverley up and running by the middle of the year, because we know domestic violence victims have been waiting long enough for a truly co-ordinated and victim-centred support system," Ms Goward said.
Ms Goward said NSW Police, Victim's Services and the Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services will be responsible for implementing the new referral system in new launch sites, with consultation between the Government and the sector ongoing.