Reducing domestic violence reoffending

Reduce the number of domestic violence reoffenders by 25% by 2023.

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Why is this important?

On average, approximately 1 woman is killed every 10 days by an intimate partner in Australia1.  

In NSW specifically, there were 31,775 recorded incidents of domestic violence-related assault in the 12 months to June 20222 and 137 domestic violence-related murders in the 5 years to December 20213.

Holding perpetrators to account, including reducing domestic violence reoffending, is central to the NSW response to domestic and family violence.

Under this priority, a reoffender is defined as a person charged with a domestic violence assault, who is then charged with a second domestic violence assault within 12 months. People who reoffend once are likely to continue to reoffend, so it’s critical we respond to it as quickly as possible. 

By focusing on reoffenders, we are helping to reduce domestic and family violence (DFV) in NSW and achieving positive outcomes for victims and their families. Achieving a 25% reduction in domestic violence reoffenders will mean approximately 670 fewer reoffenders by 2023. 

How are we tracking?

The degree of challenge involved with reducing domestic violence reoffending is very high; a comparable reduction of 25% has yet to be reported in any other jurisdiction. 

A reduction in reoffending was observed for two years following the baseline of 1814 reoffenders in 2015. However, recent data has shown an increase to 2030 offenders. The trajectory of the priority has been influenced by increased and more proactive policing of DFV, which has increased the proportion of domestic assaults that result in legal action.


Download the Reducing domestic violence reoffending data information sheet (PDF 215.64KB)

What are we doing? 

The Premier’s Priority focuses on holding domestic violence offenders to account and changing their offending behaviour through a range of targeted initiatives. These include:

  • enhancing the supervision of offenders managed by Community Corrections to ensure offenders are receiving the right intervention
  • increasing access to behaviour change programs in both the custodial and community settings to reduce the risk of future abusive behaviour
  • strengthening sentencing laws so that more domestic violence offenders will be referred to Community Corrections for assessment and then supervised at a level appropriate to their risk
  • strengthening police capacity to identify and target serious repeat offenders 
  • introducing new strategies to ensure people comply with Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders.

During 2022-2023, the NSW Government will invest $262.7 million to prevent domestic and family violence, reduce reoffending and support victim safety through the continuation of evidence-based early intervention, victim support and perpetrator interventions. This investment is part of a multi-year funding commitment that includes:

  • $43.6m over 4 years to expand and enhance Safer Pathways, a state-wide program that assists victim-survivors to access the services and supports they need
  • $426.6m over 4 years to deliver and operate new women’s refuges as part of the Core and Cluster Program, supporting up to 2900 additional women and children escaping domestic and family violence each year.

Find out more detailed information on the program of initiatives.

What can you do?

The whole community has a part to play in putting an end to domestic violence. By changing the way we think and talk about violence, gender, power, and relationships, and by educating our children in these areas, we can prevent domestic abuse from occurring. This will ensure respectful attitudes and behaviour, and build social structures that support equality and safety. 

How can I get help?

Domestic violence is under-reported. You and your children have the right to be safe. If a person, including a child, is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000).

If you or someone you know is at risk or experiencing DFV, help is available. Free call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other support services include 1800RESPECT on 1800 73 77 32 or Full Stop Australia on 1800 424 017.

The Men's Referral Service provides information and counselling to help men who use family violence manage their behaviour. The service is available online or by phone on 1300 766 491

 1Australian Institute of Criminology. (2022). Statistical Report 39. Homicide in Australia 2019-20.  
2NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. (2022). New South Wales Recorded Crime Statistics, Quarterly Update, June Quarter 2022
3NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. (2022). Domestic Violence-related murder in NSW, Data to December 2021. 


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