Member of the Legislative Council Natasha Maclaren-Jones today welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of a $60 million package to target perpetrators and support women, men and children who have experienced domestic and family violence (DFV).
NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward announced the package which includes new Police Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams to target perpetrators and reduce the rate of reoffending. The package also includes DFV Suspect Target Management Plans that will put offenders on notice, as well as mandated behaviour change programs to make perpetrators address their behaviour.
In addition, the package will increase crisis accommodation support for victims and introduce Australia’s first Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, which discloses information about a perpetrator’s violent history, and provide a stronger response to sexual assault.
Mrs Maclaren-Jones said the NSW Government is supporting victims and targeting perpetrators of this insidious crime to stop the violence before it occurs.
“Sadly, too many people in our community suffer domestic and family violence at the hands of someone they know and trust,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.
“Domestic violence is a crime. I am calling on the community to join me in saying enough is enough.”
This is the first stage of the NSW Government’s increased investment into DFV. The Government is currently working with the non-government sector to analyse service gaps through a DFV Blueprint. This work will be completed in 2016.