Police responses to domestic and family violence
Open for contribution


Domestic and family violence is a crime that takes many forms including emotional and psychological abuse, intimidation, harassment, stalking and sexual assault and can include animal abuse targeting pets, and damaging personal or joint property. The NSW Police Force plays a vital role in investigating domestic and family violence incidents and supporting victim-survivors.

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of this audit is to assess the effectiveness of the NSW Police Force in responding to domestic and family violence; and in supporting victim-survivors.

To address this objective we will answer the following questions:

  1. Does the NSW Police Force effectively conduct capability planning for responding to domestic and family violence and supporting victim-survivors?
  2. Has the NSW Police Force effectively resourced its approach to respond to domestic and family violence and support victim-survivors with the required capability?
  3. Is the effectiveness of domestic and family violence policing and NSW Police Force support to victim-survivors improving over time?

Key areas of focus for this audit include training and development, workforce and other capability planning, resource allocation, performance monitoring and service quality.

Expected tabling date of this report: first half of 2022

How to contribute to this audit

We are open to contributions related to this audit. Anyone can make a contribution, and we particularly value information or views that relate to the focus areas of this audit.

Contributions will be accepted until 30 September 2021.

To make a contribution, click on the button in the left hand menu with 'Contribute to this audit' in red text.

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The Auditor-General cannot question the merits of government policy objectives. The Auditor-General focuses on assessing whether activities undertaken by government authorities are efficient, effective, economical and in compliance with the law. 

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Where to get help

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse, you can contact 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732 or through online chat.