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Premier’s Priority to Reduce Domestic Violence Reoffending

Responsible government

  • New South Wales

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 18 Improve access to and embed trauma-informed support for perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence to prevent reoffending and promote rehabilitation and treatment.
    • 19 Build the evidence base to inform responses to domestic, family and sexual violence by strengthening the focus on what works to reduce violence, improving data and supporting the Fourth Action Plan priorities.

What are we doing?

The Premier’s Priority is to reduce the number of domestic violence reoffenders by 25 per cent by 2023.

The NSW Government has committed $44.1 million over three years in the 2018–19 budget for key initiatives to contribute to the Premier’s Priority to reduce domestic violence reoffending. This includes investment in large-scale, evidence-based interventions and testing of innovative approaches to build the evidence base for programs that change perpetrator behaviour.

Key actions funded under this initiative include:

  • Community Corrections is supervising additional domestic violence offenders using the Practice Guides for Intervention model. This model uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques with community-based offenders, by increasing the structure of supervision so that sessions remain focused on factors that relate directly to risk of offending behaviour.
  • Corrective Services is delivering the EQUIPS Domestic Abuse Program suite, which has four discrete programs named ‘Foundation’, ‘Aggression’, ‘Addiction’ and ‘Domestic Abuse’. The programs target criminogenic factors contributing to an offender’s behaviour with a view to rehabilitation.
  • Remand DV is a voluntary pilot intervention assisting inmates on remand to understand their legal circumstances specific to domestic violence and to provide them with knowledge and skills for healthier relationships. Importantly, the interventions do not require participants to admit guilt or take responsibility for the charges for which they are currently on remand.
  • What’s Your Plan is a pilot intervention where Aboriginal Client and Community Support Officers work one-on-one with Aboriginal defendants to develop plans and receive SMS reminders and follow-up calls to help them comply with their Apprehended Domestic Violence Order conditions to reduce Apprehended Domestic Violence Order breaches.
  • ENGAGE is a pilot program operating in eight locations to approach and engage with defendants early in the court process to encourage them to participate in domestic violence programs and address their offending behaviour.
  • ReINVEST is a clinical trial run by the Kirby Institute of University of NSW which examines whether antidepressant treatments can reduce offending behaviour among highly impulsive men with a history of violence, including domestic violence offenders.
  • DV Notify makes use of court appearance information and domestic violence defendant contact information to notify defendants, through SMS or other channels, of upcoming court appearances.

What have we achieved so far?

The NSW Government is committed to achieving positive outcomes for victims and their families by reducing domestic violence reoffending across NSW. Key actions under this initiative contribute to the Premier’s Priority to reduce domestic violence reoffending.

  • The EQUIPS Domestic Abuse Program commenced in 2015, and now operates in more than 60 locations.
  • What’s Your Plan is currently running across 50 local courts.

Between December 2015 and June 2019, the number of domestic violence reoffenders reduced by 4.2 per cent (from 1,814 to 1,736).

What is next?

The NSW Government will continue to monitor and evaluate key actions under this initiative.

What difference will we make?

This initiative will improve victim safety by reducing domestic and family violence reoffending. The initiative contributes to delivering the Premier’s Priority to reduce the number of domestic violence reoffenders by 25 per cent by 2023.

 

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