An Australian-first scheme giving people access to the domestic violence history of their former and current partners is giving hope that people could be saved from lives of abuse.
Four pilot districts have been chosen to have the scheme rolled out in, including Sutherland, St George in Sydney’s south and the regional areas of Oxley and Shoalhaven.
People within these areas will be able to walk into a police station and request information about their partner’s convictions and breaches of domestic violence orders.
Family and friends can also make an application for the information as a concerned third party, but the resulting information will only be given directly to the person who may be at risk.
The NSW government says the scheme will empower victims to make a decision that could ultimately save their lives.
For further assistance with domestic violence, please contact the National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call 0-0-0.