Anti-domestic violence strategy begins regional roll out

BROKEN Hill is the latest city to begin rolling out the NSW Government's anti-domestic violence strategy.

Police, teachers, health officers and child protection staff in the far west NSW mining region met on Monday to start planning for the Safer Pathways strategy.

The city follows in the footsteps of Waverly in Sydney and Orange that both piloted the multi-agency focused program.

Tweed Heads, Bankstown and Parramatta police, education and family organisations should start meeting by July as those cities adopt the program.

Launched on September 15, 2014, the strategy is aimed at lowering deaths and injuries resulting from family violence.

It brings together different organisations to ensure a faster approach towards making life safer for victims.

"What we're seeing already is better co-ordination, a more targeted service for each woman, and I hope that leads to two things - one, a better life for her and her children, and, two, less repeat offences," NSW Minister for Women Pru Goward told ABC Radio on Tuesday.

Anti-domestic violence campaigners believe two Australian women are dying each week as a result of violence by their current or former partners or relatives.

At least 27,000 domestic assaults were reported to NSW police in 2014.

That is 74 assaults per day.

Domestic violence accounts for 30% of all homicides in the state.

Australian Regional Media's Terror at Home campaign has been advocating for the NSW and Queensland governments to introduce respectful relationship programs in schools and to introduce domestic violence-specific courts.



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