LOCAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS CAN’T HIDE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced the Oxley Local Area Command is now one of four communities in NSW to pilot Australia’s first domestic violence disclosure scheme for families and partners at risk of domestic violence.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government has delivered on another election commitment, announcing that from today a person, or a concerned third party, can make an application to NSW Police for the disclosure of a person’s violent offending history.
“We know domestic violence is about power and control and is rarely a one off incident.
“The disclosure scheme will give people the power to apply to find out about their partner’s history of violent criminal offences and allow them to take control of their life and make an informed decision about their relationship.
“Special domestic violence workers will work closely with police and concerned partners to provide immediate assistance and ongoing support including planning for their safety if required.
“For too long domestic violence has been a hidden issue in our community. It is unacceptable and I am determined to continue the fight to prevent this scourge in community.”
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said the NSW Government has invested $2.3 million over the two year pilot for expert domestic and family violence NGO services to provide support to the person at risk regardless of whether there is a history of violence or not.
“The DVDS is about preventing people from being kept in the dark about a partner’s violent past and gives them support to make informed decisions about their relationship,” Ms Goward said.
The DVDS has been developed following wide consultation with legal experts, domestic and family violence service providers as well as the NSW Police.
The four pilot sites will commence today in Oxley LAC (supported by Tamworth Family Support Service), Shoalhaven LAC (supported by YWCA NSW), Sutherland LAC and St George LAC (supported by Sutherland Shire Family Service).