The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) pilot is underway in NSW, and is being closely followed by other jurisdictions. Under the scheme, people who feel they may be at risk of intimate partner violence (or a close third party who has concerns) can apply to NSW Police to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violent offending.

Working closely with Women NSW, Urbis developed a program logic and evaluation framework to assess the implementation of the scheme and effectiveness of the model. This involves consulting with all stakeholders, including those who make an application under the scheme, and an analysis of program and financial data.

The pilot complements the larger policy response to domestic and family violence in NSW, in line with the NSW Premier’s Priority to reduce domestic violence re-offending by 5% in 12 months. The evaluation of the DVDS will inform any rollout of the scheme across the State.

The first scheme of its kind in Australia, the DVDS makes available information that will help people at risk of domestic violence make decisions about their safety, particularly early in their relationship.