Disclosure scheme one part of the DV puzzle


Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Jodie Harrison has today participated in the NSW Government's roundtable on a proposed Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

Ms Harrison met with service providers, legal advocates and other stakeholders as part of these discussions.

"There was strong agreement in the room that a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is an important commitment, but it must be one part of a broader approach," Ms Harrison said.

“Labor has proposed a number of measures to combat domestic violence – including specialist domestic violence courts – that must also be considered.

"There are some nuances around how a domestic violence disclosure scheme will work that need to be resolved.

“The recent discussion paper provides an opportunity to refine the detail of the operation of the pilot domestic violence disclosure schemes. I welcome the discussion paper and hope that it results in a national disclosure scheme.”

The Government is now seeking input into this proposal.

"I encourage everyone who cares about domestic violence, whether in your family or in the community, to make a submission about the Government's proposed scheme,” Ms Harrison added.

Submissions are open until 19 June.

More information can found at www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au and submissions can be emailed to dvds@facs.nsw.gov.au