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Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 7

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.44): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 7, dated 18 July 2017, together with the minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS JONES: Scrutiny report No. 7 contains the committee’s comments on five bills, 20 pieces of subordinate legislation and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MRS JONES (Murrumbidgee) (11.45): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety relating to the release of a discussion paper.

Members will recall that the committee informed the Assembly on 30 March 2017 that it had resolved to inquire into domestic and family violence as it relates to policy approaches and responses. The committee released the discussion paper on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 to assist individuals and organisations to prepare written submissions to its inquiry. Domestic and family violence causes physical and psychological harm, destroys families and erodes communities. The committee recognises that preventing and responding to domestic and family violence is a complex and challenging area of law, policy and service delivery.

Preventing and responding to such violence requires a variety of policy approaches and can include: primary prevention and community attitude campaigns; integrated intervention programs; mass-screening programs; programs for violence perpetrators; programs for victims who have been subject to domestic violence; and legislative and criminal justice approaches. It is useful that the adequacy and effectiveness of policy approaches and responses is examined.

The committee acknowledges the considerable efforts of people working in policy development and at the front line of service delivery in this complex and challenging area. The committee also acknowledges that frontline services are often delivered under significant pressure and demand. The committee encourages interested individuals and key stakeholder groups and organisations to make a written submission to this important inquiry. The call for submissions closes on Friday, 22 September 2017. I present the following copy of the committee’s discussion paper:

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