Take Action on Domestic Violence and Renting

There has recently been a review of NSW tenancy law which found the law provides “little real protection to victims of domestic violence and require[s] reform”.

In response the NSW Government has announced it will strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence by allowing them to end their tenancy immediately without penalty if they have a provisional, interim or final apprehended violence order (AVO) or a family law injunction.  We welcome this announcement.  However, these reforms will not protect those who face barriers obtaining an AVO or an injunction.

A 2017 survey of domestic violence survivors renting in NSW highlights the need for survivors to also be able to rely on evidence of domestic violence from social/community workers and health professionals.

Add your voice

You can add your voice to the call for stronger protections for domestic violence victims renting in NSW

1. Write to Ministers and MPs

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Write to your local Member of Parliament as well as to Ministers, Shadow Ministers and Party Spokespersons and call for the acceptance of evidence of domestic violence from social/community workers, and health professionals to end a tenancy immediately without penalty in circumstances of domestic violence.

Tell them why this issue is important to you. If you need some ideas about what to write in your letter, you can read our open letter to Minister Kean and Minister Goward.

You may also like to attach a copy of the infographic summary of the survey results.

To find your local Member of Parliament: click here

Click to see contact details for Ministers, Shadow Ministers and Spokespersons

The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP
Premier
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001

The Hon. John Barilaro MP
Deputy Premier, and Minister for Regional New South Wales
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001

The Hon. Matt Kean MP
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001
E: office@kean.minister.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Pru Goward MP
Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001
E: office@goward.minister.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Tanya Davies MP
Minister for Women, Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Ageing
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001
E: mulgoa@parliament.nsw.gov.au 

The Hon. Yasmin Catley MP
Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation
E: swansea@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Jenny Aitchison MP
Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
E: maitland@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Sophie Cotsis MP
Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Shadow Minister for Disability Services
E: canterbury@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Jenny Leong, MP
The Greens NSW spokesperson on Housing
E: jenny.leong@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC
The Greens NSW spokesperson for Status of Women and Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Sexuality and Gender Identity, and Young People
E: mehreen.faruqi@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Rev. Fred Nile MLC
E: F.Nile@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Paul Green MLC
E: paul.green@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Robert Borsak MLC
E: robert.borsak@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Robert Brown MLC
E: robert.brown@parliament.nsw.gov.au

The Hon. Mark Pearson MLC
E: mark.pearson@parliament.nsw.gov.au

 

2. Sign the Fair Agenda petition

Fair Agenda has recently launched a petition calling for stronger protections for victims-survivors renting in NSW which calls on Minister Kean and Minister Goward “to adopt the recommendation endorsed by over 80 community organisations to expand the criteria on which victim-survivors can end their tenancy without liability”.

Sign the petition here

3. Share on social media

Support the campaign by liking or retweeting our posts on Facebook and Twitter. Share the infographic summary of the survey results yourself. And share the Fair Agenda petition.

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