SA Government’s Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) has seen success in supporting people at risk of domestic violence
South Australia’s recent early intervention and prevention initiative, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), has seen success in its first 4 weeks.
Potential victims of domestic violence have had the chance to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violence or related offences, since October 2 this year. This allows them to make an informed decision about their safety, seek assistance and decide whether or not to remain in the relationship.
During the first 4 weeks of the scheme, SA Police received 28 applications; 70% from metropolitan areas and 30% from regional areas.
Human Services Minister, the Hon Michelle Lensink said that the scheme isn’t just about the disclosure itself but putting people in touch with the services they may need and perhaps would never have come across if not for the scheme.
“Most importantly, the 28 people who have already used the disclosure scheme have been put in touch with a range of support services, giving them a new option for support now and into the future,” Ms Lensink said.
Read the full statement from the SA Government here.
White Ribbon Australia support this scheme, designed to support and protect people at risk of domestic and family violence, and connect them with vital support services.
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