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Release of Discussion Paper

Domestic and Family Violence: Policy approaches and responses

The Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety released today a discussion paper to assist individuals and organisations to prepare written submissions to its inquiry into domestic and family violence: policy approaches and responses.

The Discussion Paper seeks to consider and provide contextual background for each of the Inquiry’s terms of reference (T of R) to assist submitters.  The Paper can be accessed at:

‘Domestic and family violence causes physical and psychological harm, destroys families and erodes communities.  The Committee recognises that preventing and responding to domestic and family violence is a complex and challenging area of law, policy and service delivery,’ the Committee Chair, Mrs Giulia Jones MLA, said.

The Committee Chair added, ‘preventing and responding to such violence requires a variety of policy approaches and can include: primary prevention and community attitude campaigns; integrated intervention programs; mass-screening programs; programs for violence perpetrators; programs for victims who have been subject to domestic violence; and legislative and criminal justice approaches.  It is useful that the adequacy and effectiveness of policy approaches and responses is examined’.

The Committee is calling for written submissions to the Inquiry. The Inquiry’s T of R are available at:  Submissions should address some or all of the T of R.  The call for submissions closes on Friday 22 September 2017.

The Committee acknowledges the considerable efforts of people working at the policy development and frontline of service delivery in this complex and challenging area.  The Committee also acknowledges that frontline services are often delivered under significant pressure and demand.

‘The Committee encourages interested individuals and key stakeholder groups and organisations to make a written submission to this important inquiry’, Mrs Jones MLA concluded.  Further information on the Inquiry is available at:

STATEMENT ENDS—Wednesday 26 July 2017



Mrs Giulia Jones MLA

(for comment on the inquiry)

Committee Chair

(02) 620 50234

Dr Andréa Cullen

(for further information)

Committee Secretary

(02) 620 50142


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