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Aboriginal domestic violence program expands

Published: 16 August 2017
A world-first program to reduce domestic violence in Aboriginal communities will expand across NSW.

What’s Your Plan?, a pilot program that helps Aboriginal defendants understand and comply with their Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO), will expand from seven to 46 court locations.

Defendants who attend the program meet with an Aboriginal client and community support officer to help them understand their ADVO conditions.

Together, they develop a strategy to help them comply with their ADVO, address any obstacles they are facing and learn how to take positive steps to change their behaviour.

To help them stay on track, defendants receive SMS reminders and a follow-up call to check on their progress.

“Aboriginal defendants unfortunately account for a quarter of all breaches of ADVOs, even though Aboriginal people make up only three percent of the NSW population,” Attorney General Mark Speakman said.

The pilot is a joint initiative of the Department of Justice’s Aboriginal Services Unit and the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Behavioural Insights Unit

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