New scheme reveals domestic violence perpetrators
People at risk of domestic violence can find out if their current or former partner has a violent past, following the launch of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS).
The DVDS is an Australian first, and has been launched in four pilot sites within NSW - Sutherland, Oxley, Shoalhaven and St George.
The NSW Government is investing $2.3 million over the two-year pilot for expert domestic and family violence support services.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said the scheme would prevent people from being kept in the dark about a partner’s violent past and give them the support to make informed decisions about their relationship.
It will also help NSW Police to manage risk for potential victims and identify potential reoffenders.
The scheme was developed following wide consultation with legal experts, domestic and family violence service providers as well as the NSW Police.