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Youth Justice Domestic and Family Violence Strategy and support programs

Responsible government

  • New South Wales

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.
  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.
    • 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.

What are we doing?

The Youth Domestic and Family Violence Strategy 2019 – 2022 (the Strategy) is a coordinated approach to addressing the needs of young people who commit, or who are victims of, domestic and family violence, and come into contact with the Youth Justice system.

Support programs for young people sentenced to a supervised court order for domestic and family violence offences include evidence-based and trauma-informed individualised support and a range of criminogenic interventions guided by a comprehensive practice framework.

What have we achieved so far?

The Youth Domestic and Family Violence Strategy 2019 – 2022 is the first comprehensive strategy in NSW that addresses the specific needs of young people committing, or experiencing, domestic and family violence The Strategy has provided the direction for YJNSW to achieve:

  • targeted training for YJNSW staff to raise awareness of youth DFV via e-Learning platform;
  • internal communication platform via YJNSW DFV intranet site for YJNSW staff to keep updated with latest Strategy news DFV resources and research;
  • collaboration with cross government reviews to promote the need for supports for young people, including adolescents who use violence; and,
  • training for clinical staff to develop and deliver a pilot Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based and trauma-informed response to self-harm behaviours, aggression, and domestic and family violence, in Reiby Youth Justice Centre for girls and young women to improve emotional regulation, interpersonal skills, mindfulness and distress tolerance.

What is next?

Throughout the four-year strategy (2019 to 2022), Youth Justice NSW will:

  • improve workforce capacity through delivering culturally appropriate training packages to staff;
  • increase early intervention options for eligible young people who commit DFV offences and contribute to improving existing options. Review current program delivery and investigate a range of potential behavioural interventions to use with young people, including programmatic options for addressing gendered attitudes in adolescent DFV;
  • report on service availability and eligibility issues, recommending how to deliver more effective court-based support for young people;
  • report on young people‚Äôs understanding of Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders, bail conditions and court processes, with recommendations for action;
  • produce a discussion paper for stakeholders, identifying best-practice safety planning measures for young people who use violence in the home and potential safety planning tools that could be implemented for young people and their families; and,
  • improve access to psychologists or specialist family counsellors for referral of young people who use violence in the home, and/or are victims of domestic and family violence.

What difference will we make?

The Strategy aims to reduce youth domestic and family violence by:

  • increasing awareness of this form of violence;
  • developing an expert and well-supported workforce; and,
  • ensuring that effective and evidence-based interventions and programs are being delivered to young people who come into contact with Youth Justice.

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