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More support needed for DV victims

FOLLOWING the launch of a new report into domestic violence by the state government, local drug and violence campaigner Lynn Field has made calls to ensure adequate support is given to all victims of family violence.

While Ms Field was pleased the state government was taking measures to stamp out domestic violence, she said it was imperative there are services in place for women, men and kids who can all be victims of the abhorrent crime.

“It is not a female or a male issue, this is a violence issue,” she said.

“A study has come out from a Victorian University that said men are victims of domestic violence 40 per cent of the time.

“We need to make sure there are services for them and for the kids who are often caught up in this.”

The report, titled the NSW Domestic Violence Justice Strategy (DVJS) Bulletin, details several reforms the state government has introduced that are aimed at changing the way the justice system tackles domestic violence and supports victims.

Dubbo MP and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said the bulletin provided a snapshot of domestic violence data across the state and outlines the steps that have been taken in delivering better support for victims and tougher measures for perpetrators.

“Our important reforms are improving the way the justice system and police respond to domestic violence,” he said.

“This is not an overnight fix though and we’ll continue our work to combat this horrific crime that impacts all parts of the community.”

Some of the key achievements achieved in 2014-15 include allowing victims to give their main evidence via a pre-recorded video or audio statement, allowing senior police to issue provisional Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) on the spot and allowing greater information sharing between government agencies to facilitate victims’ access to support services and ensuring priority is given to those victims who are at greater risk of a serious threat of violence.

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