TARGETING REPEAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS
Persistent offenders and repeat offenders charged with a current domestic-violence offence will be targeted by an innovative rehabilitation program being rolled out in Tamworth.
The Extra Offender Management Service (EOMS) is an innovative $32 million program which is part of the NSW Government’s reforms to reduce reoffending and make our communities safer.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said as part of the program, offenders are offered counselling and intervention as soon as they’re issued with a Court Attendance Notice by police before they appear in court. The service is also available when offenders are released from custody without a supervised order.
“I’m pleased to announce that Centacare New England North West (NENW) will deliver the service in Tamworth which provides opportunities for offenders in our local area to address the issues that underlie their criminal behavior such as drug, alcohol or anger issues.
“Offenders will immediately be offered the opportunity to receive one-on-one interventions to turn their lives around and make a positive contribution to the community.
“This investment will see a common sense approach to addressing rehabilitation in the community. This is high quality one-on-one intervention which will be available.”
Centacare NENW CEO Fergus Fitzsimons said the Extra Offender Management team is an integral part of the program.
“Our team has experience working with offenders through the provision of other programs funded by the NSW Department of Justice. That experience provides insight into behaviour, views and actions demonstrated by the participants in the program.
“Centacare NENW’s case workers provide support to adult offenders to help with issues affecting their life and circumstances surrounding their offence. Our approach will be a holistic one, factoring in all elements that have impacted and affected the life of the offender.”
Justice NSW will assess participation rates in these areas and has plans to expand to other areas where there are a large number of offenders with a medium to high risk of reoffending, and where persistent offenders are having a significant impact on the community.