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Proactive policing to hold perpetrators accountable and support victim-survivors

Responsible government

  • New South Wales

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 2 Improve coordination across primary prevention activities to maximise their impact on community attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence.
  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 17 Collaborate across services, sectors and workforces to ensure responses to women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are coordinated, meet women’s needs, avoid women having to retell their story and promote their recovery.

What are we doing?

NSW Police Force operate a three-tiered, proactive perpetrator accountability model that reflects the different levels of risk posed by domestic and family violence offenders. The three tiers are:

  • Apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO) compliance checks
  • Domestic Violence Suspected Target Management Plans (DV STMP) II
  • Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams (HROT).

The NSW Police Force is exploring innovative programs to support victim-survivors, including testing the viability of police using body worn video to record domestic violence evidence-in-chief (DVEC) interviews. The testing will consider if this approach adversely affects victim-survivors of domestic violence or the quality of evidence that can be presented to a court.

What have we achieved so far?

The ADVO compliance check program was implemented state-wide in 2017. The purpose of the ADVO compliance check is to hold a defendant accountable for their actions and behaviours by checking whether they are complying with their ADVO conditions. The program also involves checking on the person in need of protection and taking the necessary action if a breach is detected.

DV STMP II was implemented state-wide in 2016. DV STMP II is a coordinated approach used to identify, target and manage repeat domestic and family violence offenders.

HROTs are operating in each of the six police regions across NSW. Each HROT includes a number of police officers and an intelligence analyst. HROTS proactively investigate domestic and family violence high-risk offenders using covert and overt investigative skills.

What is next?

HROT will continue to operate state-wide, supported by ongoing ADVO compliance checks and DV STMP II strategies.

NSW Police Force is undertaking a three-month trial of DVEC in three police area commands. This includes reviewing:

  • The appropriate use of body worn video to capture DVEC
  • Whether this method captures the required evidence
  • How the evidence is used in court.

NSW Police Force are awaiting user acceptance testing to ensure legislative requirements are adhered to and will hold information sessions in police areas and districts.

What difference will we make?

NSW Police Force’s perpetrator accountability strategies aim to reduce the rate of domestic and family violence in the community by reducing the risk of reoffending and providing protections to victim-survivors of crime. The model aims to stop perpetrators behaving violently and abusively.

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