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It Stops Here domestic and family violence reforms

The safety and protection of victims and their children lies at the heart of It Stops Here: Standing Together to End Domestic and Family Violence, the NSW Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Framework for Reform.

It Stops Here involves an integrated and coordinated state-wide system to ensure that the safety of victims and their children is paramount, by strengthening our approach to violence prevention; changing the way we deliver services and support to victims of violence; and delivering programs and services that hold perpetrators accountable and reduce re-offending.

The reforms were developed in parallel to the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy which aims to strengthen the criminal justice response to domestic and family violence, for example, by holding perpetrators accountable and preventing re-offending.

Read more about the It Stops Here Safer Pathway and find resources available to help service providers better understand how the new approach will work and help them comply with their legal obligations.

NSW Domestic and Family Violence Funding program

The NSW Domestic and family violence funding program focuses on prevention and early intervention, men’s behaviour chance, investment in the service sector, and evidence-based initiatives.

The Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Services program

The Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Services program (IDFVS) is a multi-agency, integrated and coordinated response to prevent the escalation of domestic and family violence among high risk groups. Coordinated services are provided through a multi-disciplinary team or are based on clear referral pathways. IDFVS provide crisis support and information case management, case coordination, and referrals.

Staying Home Leaving Violence program

The Staying Home Leaving Violence program is a specialised domestic and family violence program to reduce risk to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence and prevent their homelessness. The program supports women and children to stay safely in their own home or home of their choice while the perpetrator is removed, resulting in reduced likelihood of displacement and disruption to children’s educational, personal and social development.

Local Domestic and Family Violence Grants

The NSW Government’s new approach to domestic and family violence increases the focus on prevention and early intervention. As part of this approach, small grants of up to $1,000 are available for Local Domestic and Family Violence Committees across NSW.

This funding is to assist committees to raise awareness about the impact of violence against women, and local services and support available. For more information, visit the Women NSW website.

The Domestic and Family Violence Council

The Council’s role is to advise the NSW Government on all aspects of domestic and family violence policy and programs. For more information, please see the Women NSW website.

Domestic Violence NSW

Domestic Violence NSW is a representative body for specialist domestic and family violence services. For more information, visit the Domestic Violence NSW website.

National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children aims to connect governments, community organisations and individuals that are working to reduce violence against women so that they can work together. For more information, visit the The National Plan website.

Domestic and Family Violence Skills Strategy

The Domestic and Family Violence Skills Strategy is currently being developed by Women NSW in collaboration with other government agencies. The Skills Development Strategy has two elements:

  • up-skilling and skills deepening through accredited training for workers in the non-government sector.
  • integrated professional development learning framework, which will be jointly developed and implemented by government agencies and TAFE NSW.

For more information, please visit the Women NSW website.