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We want your feedback on potential changes to the way domestic violence is handled by completing an online survey or providing a written submission.

What is being decided?

The South Australian Government’s Domestic Violence Discussion Paper shines a light on the extent of domestic violence in our state, and looks at how to better protect and support victims.

The Discussion Paper paints a picture of domestic violence in South Australia and the work we are currently doing to address it, and proposes eight topics for discussion for improving the way domestic violence is handled.

1. Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Who should be able to find out about someone’s history of domestic violence offending? How should this scheme work?

2. Expiry Dates on Intervention Orders
Should intervention orders (previously restraining orders) be able to expire after a certain period?

3. Comprehensive Collection of Data
What is the best way to ensure that accurate data relating to domestic violence is collected?

4. Allowing Video Evidence
Should police video recordings from incidents be admissible as evidence at trial?

5. Confidentiality
Should domestic violence counselling records be exempt from being used in legal proceedings?

6. Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Should the courts be made to send domestic violence offenders to be assessed for drug and alcohol problems?

7. Homelessness
How can we best assist victims of domestic violence who are facing homelessness?

8. Fostering Supportive Environments
How can we assist domestic violence victims to seek support in the workplace and other environments?

We want to know what you think - complete the online survey or send in a submission via Your feedback will shape how we tackle this important issue.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your feedback will be taken into account in the development of future domestic violence reforms and initiatives.

You can download the Domestic Violence Discussion Paper (PDF 2.1 MB), or an eight page summary (PDF 177 KB), to gain a better understanding of the proposed changes.

Provide your feedback:

  • Complete an online survey here
  • Email your submission to
  • Mail your submission to: Justice Sector Reform, Office of the Chief Executive, Attorney-General’s Department, GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA, 5000.

How will your input be used?

  • A report on the consultation process will be published on yourSAy after submissions have closed.
  • Your feedback will be taken into consideration in the drafting of any related Bills, which will be publically available when introduced into parliament.
  • You can receive updates on the outcomes of the Discussion Paper by signing up to the mailing list:

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National Domestic Violence Order Scheme

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