NEW TOOL: Shoalhaven Domestic Violence Intervention Service caseworker Skye Gunning and Shoalhaven Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officer Senior Constable Neil Allen look over the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme website.JUST a week after the Shoalhaven was announced as part of an Australian-first Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, two applications for information have already been made locally.
The scheme allows people fearing for their safety to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violence.
Shoalhaven is one of four NSW Police local area commands (LACs) in which the scheme is being piloted, joining Sutherland, St George and Oxley (Tamworth area).
YWCA NSW, which runs the Domestic Violence Intervention Service in conjunction with NSW police in the Shoalhaven, will also provide the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.
Co-ordinator Sue Davies said the scheme was another tool to protect vulnerable men and women in the community.
“Hopefully, through this pilot scheme we can identify people who may be at risk of domestic violence before they become victims,” Ms Davies said.
“Before it turns into a criminal offence, possible assault or murder.”
Ms Davies said under the tender, the program would reach everystation within the Shoalhaven Local Area Command.
“It’s not just centered on one particular area, we tendered for it to be available in every station from Berry in the north to Ulladulla in the south and everywhere in between,” she said.
She said applying information through the scheme was easy.
“There are two ways to a apply. Either as the primary applicant [the male or female person who needs protection] or as a third party [a friend, family or relative] who may have concerns,” Ms Davies said.
“The application form can either be download at 梧桐夜网domesticviolence.nsw.gov419论坛/dvds or obtained through their local police station.
“It is for anyone who may have concerns about their current or ex-partner’s behaviour.
“For a concerned third party application, the person making the application must have an ongoing relationship with the person who may be at risk – be a mother, father, sister, brother, caseworker etc.”
She said once the forms were filled out police would do a criminal history check on the person.
“If he or she has any prior convictions in relation to domestic violence offences the information is disclosed to the primary person in the presence of a domestic violence specialist support worker and police,” she said.
“For a third party application, those making the application are not given the information unless it is a life and death situation or are invited by the person in need of protection.
“Whoever is in need of protection is linked to a support agency for ongoing support, safety and planning to either stay in the relationship or leave it.”
The subject of a disclosure would not be aware an application had been made.
While welcoming the pilot scheme, Ms Davies questioned the fact only information for offences in NSW would be provided.
“People may have no criminal history NSW but have convictions in other states and they will not be disclosed,” she said.
“This is a NSW Government initiative only and I believe for the scheme to be a success it must be Australia wide.
“Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) will not be disclosed. Only if they are beached.
“But If someone has multiple AVOs against them,I believe it should be made known.
“In my experiences very few AVOs are made that aren’t warranted.”
YWCA NSW is currently running five programs within the local area and has eight staffed based between the Nowra police station and its offices in McGrath Avenue, Nowra.
For further information on the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme 梧桐夜网domesticviolence.nsw.gov419论坛/dvds
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