A Safer State

A blueprint to end sexual assault and domestic and family violence in NSW

A Safer State

The NSW Women’s Alliance, a group of NSW peak organisations and state-wide service providers working within the sexual violence and domestic and family violence field and from a feminist framework, including Women’s Legal Service NSW, and the Men’s Behaviour Change Network have together developed a blueprint to end sexual assault and domestic and family violence in NSW called A Safer State.

In the lead up to the 2015 NSW Election we are calling on all members of parliament and members of the community to take a stand against sexual assault and domestic and family violence which is disproportionately perpetrated by men against women and to support the A Safer State recommendations.

A Safer State makes recommendations in three key areas:

  • leadership
  • prevention and early intervention; and
  • a well resourced, sustainable service and support system to respond to sexual assault and domestic and family violence

Download the A Safer State blueprint from the campaign website.

Download the A Safer State Key Recommendations

Take Action

For further resources and information including to help you contact your local MP, candidate, or community leader to ask for their support of the A Safer State Key Recommendations, visit the A Safer State website

WLS NSW Executive Officer Helen Campbell wrote to the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald on 2 April 2015:

Dear Editor,

Minister Goward speaks of the need to ‘to put much more effort into prevention’ of violence against women (Goward: I’ll shift strategy to prevention, April 2).  This must come in the way of additional funding and not at the expense of vital specialist services which support women experiencing domestic violence. Domestic violence is rarely a one off incident but rather a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. Women’s refugees and other specialist domestic violence services play a vital role in keeping women experiencing domestic violence safe.  It is commonly understood that there must be adequate and sustainable investment in primary prevention, early intervention and service responses.  A Safer State, the policy of the NSW Women’s Alliance and Men’s Behaviour Change Network, recommends at a minimum a further investment of $100 million over the next 3 years.

Yours faithfully,

Helen Campbell
Executive Officer
Women’s Legal Service NSW

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