Police teams to target domestic violence offenders

Issued: Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will roll out Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams in the NSW Police Force to target recidivist offenders and investigate domestic and family violence matters.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant, and the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward, today announced two Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams each comprising a sergeant, six senior constables and an analyst.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Troy Grant said the teams will be trialled in 2016, and if successful will be rolled out in all six Police regions over the next three years.

"The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence in NSW," Mr Grant said.

"Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams will be able to utilise specialist expertise to target recidivist offenders and offer the best possible support to victims.

"These Teams will complement the significant work already undertaken by the NSW Police Force to tackle domestic violence."

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said for decades effective action has been focused on supporting DFV victims and this new domestic violence package builds on that further by targeting perpetrators.

"More than one in five domestic violence offenders will end up in court convicted of another domestic violence offence within two years. This must change," Ms Goward said.

"The NSW Government will also fast-track the roll-out of the 24 Domestic Violence Liaison Officers (DVLOs) promised prior to the March 2015 election.

"DVLOs play a critical role for Police in investigating and supporting victims of domestic and family violence. They connect with community issues and concerns related to domestic violence and utilise information and intelligence."

Additional measures include the expansion of the Suspect Targeting Management Plan, which has been expanded to cover recidivist domestic violence offenders. The Suspect Targeting Management Plan involves a standardised, co-ordinated approach to the assessment, targeting and management of offenders.

"Domestic violence offenders are now on notice, the Government is targeting your unacceptable behaviour and crimes," Ms Goward said.