Member of the Legislative Council, Natasha Maclaren-Jones has called on NSW residents to have their say on an Australian-first scheme to protect people who may be at risk of domestic violence.
Announced as a key election commitment the NSW Government will now pilot a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) that enables people to find out whether their partner has a history of domestic violence offending.
A DVDS allows people to make informed decisions about their relationships and safety, to seek assistance or undertake safety planning. The scheme will be piloted over two year in four areas in NSW. If successful, it could be rolled out across NSW.
The DVDS is similar to an initiative that was successfully introduced in the United Kingdom called Clare’s Law.
Mrs Maclaren-Jones said she welcomed today’s release of the discussion paper on the scheme.
“I encourage our community to provide feedback on the DVDS”, Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.
“The DVDS is another tool which the NSW Government is using to tackle the scourge of domestic violence.”
To view the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme Discussion Paper and provide feedback, visit http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/consultations/domestic-violence-disclosure-scheme