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Youth Justice Domestic and Family Violence Strategy 2019-2022

Ending domestic and family violence in NSW is one of the key goals of the NSW Government, and of the Department of Communities and Justice in particular.


In August 2016 the Government launched a whole-of-government strategy to reform the NSW domestic and family violence response. The aim is to deliver better outcomes for victim–survivors, their families, and perpetrators.

That strategy is known as the Blueprint. Or to give it its full name the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016–2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men and Children.

As a part of the Blueprint, NSW agencies are developing their own domestic and family violence strategies.

The Department of Communities and Justice is actually developing three strategies.

This reflects the diverse nature of the work our department does. Three separate, but complementary, strategies will allow us to target and tailor our efforts to meet the needs of the people we support.

Our three strategies will cover the following areas:

  • A strategy that focuses on improving outcomes for young people within the criminal justice system who are both victims and domestic and family violence offenders.
  • A strategy that focuses on housing and homelessness supports, early intervention, child protection, and crisis supports in the domestic and family violence context.
  • A strategy to focus on criminal justice responses and victim support, including supporting the Premier’s Priority to reduce the number of domestic violence reoffenders by 25 per cent by 2023.
Together, these strategies - along with those from Department of Education and NSW Health - are a commitment to providing coordinated, client-centred, and high quality responses to those impacted by domestic and family violence.

The Youth Justice Domestic and Family Violence Strategy is the first to be launched. Through this strategy, the NSW Government seeks to ensure that young people who are victims and/or use domestic and family violence receive the specialist support they need. 


This strategy, and the interconnected strategies to come, all move us closer to a future where domestic and family violence is stopped. 

Click here to view and/or download the Youth Justice Domestic and Family Violence Strategy