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Domestic violence

Domestic violence is a serious and widespread problem in Australia. Approximately one in six women and one in sixteen men have experienced partner violence since the age of 15. In addition, one in four women and one in six men have experienced emotional abuse by a partner since the age of 15.[1]

Domestic violence is a critical issue for the Australian Government and all state and territory governments.

On 25 November 2017, the National Domestic Violence Order (DVO) Scheme was introduced to better protect Australians. All DVOs issued from 25 November, are automatically nationally recognised and enforceable. Victims no longer need to apply to register these DVOs in other Australian states and territories for them to be enforceable across the country.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) delivered an interim information sharing capability to support the National DVO Scheme. The capability includes a secure web portal which allows local courts across Australia to access DVO information held in the National Police Reference System.

The ACIC is also working on a comprehensive National Order Reference System to automatically share DVOs and related data between police and local courts across Australia, enabling rapid enforcement of orders.

The new system is being designed so it can be used as a base platform for sharing information about other types of orders, including bail, parole and warrants.

These information sharing capabilities ensure police have greater situational awareness when responding to domestic violence incidents, improving both victim and police safety, and ensure local courts can effectively deal with DVOs under the National DVO Scheme.

To find out more about the National DVO Scheme, go to www.ag.gov.au/ndvos.


[1] ABS, Personal Safety, Australia, 2016 (Catalogue No. 4906.0)

Last updated
25 November 2017