Why is this important?
One woman is killed every week, on average, by domestic violence in Australia.
Reoffending is when a person charged with a domestic violence assault is then charged with a second domestic violence assault within 12 months. It is more likely to happen soon after the initial abuse, so it’s critical we respond to it as quickly as possible.
By focusing on reoffenders, we are helping to reduce domestic violence in NSW and achieving positive outcomes for victims and their families. Based on the current cohort, achieving a 25% reduction in domestic violence reoffenders will mean approximately 450 fewer reoffenders by 2023.
How are we tracking?
In 2015 domestic violence assault charges were commenced against 1814 offenders who had an earlier domestic violence assault charge in the previous 12 months. After an initial period of increase, the number of domestic violence reoffenders decreased for 2 consecutive years, before rising again to 1779 in 2019.
We are closely monitoring monthly data in response to concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic and recession may exacerbate risk factors that lead to domestic and family violence.
What are we doing?
Our focus is on holding perpetrators to account by ensuring they receive timely, targeted and evidence-based initiatives to change their behaviour.
These initiatives include:
- enhancing the supervision of offenders managed by Community Corrections to ensure offenders are receiving the right intervention
- increasing access to Corrective Services behaviour change programs to reduce the risk of future abusive behaviour
- strengthened sentencing laws so that more domestic violence offenders will be referred to Community Corrections for assessment and then supervised at a level appropriate to their risk
- strengthening police capacity to identify and target serious repeat offenders
- intervening earlier with new behaviour change programs for people on bail or remand
- introducing new strategies to ensure people comply with Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders.
What can you do?
Domestic violence is under-reported. If you or someone you know is at risk or experiencing DFV, help is available. Free call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The whole community has a part to play in putting an end to domestic violence. By changing the way we think and talk about violence, gender, power and relationships, and by educating our children in these areas, we can prevent domestic abuse from occurring. This will ensure respectful attitudes and behaviour, and build social structures that support equality and safety.
Do you need help?
- if you are in danger, call 000
- for information, support and help, call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63
- call the Men’s Referral Service for support and referral for male victims and perpetrators of domestic violence on 1300 766 491
- call the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services for support and referral for female victims 1800WDVCAS (1800 938 227)
- for legal advice, contact the Women’s Legal Service, Legal Aid NSW or call Law Access NSW on 1300 888 529.