DVNSW received the below information from the DCJ last week:
‘In July and August 2019 a detailed consultation process, as part of the Communities (previously FACS) DFV strategy work, was undertaken to examine how the department’s key community and family services and programs could better address issues of domestic and family violence.
Over 120 clients and service providers, in south west Sydney and western NSW, participated in one-on-one interviews and focus groups. These findings were then tested in a statewide workshop. Participants included peak organisations, representing diverse communities including Aboriginal, culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQ groups as well as young people and people with mental health issues, DCJ program staff and other government agencies.
DCJ will now consolidate the work of both Communities and Justice into a single Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Domestic and Family Violence Strategy.
A combined strategy provides the opportunity to better address issues that cross over both the justice system and our community service provision. Importantly these stakeholder consultation findings will be used to inform the development of this whole of agency Strategy.
You can find the PDF summary on this web page https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/domestic-violence/about – it’s the last bullet point.
Now the consultation process has been complete we would like to thank you for participating in the process’