Services rally to oppose changes
More than 40 organisations have issued a joint statement opposing changes to victims support introduced in NSW on July 1, 2020.
There will be a six-month review of the changes but victim-survivor groups have issued a no confidence in the process.
Despite strong and widespread opposition, the Commissioner Victims Rights proposed substantial and detrimental changes to support delivery.
Western NSW Community Legal Centre and Western Women’s Legal Support are among the services deeply concerned about the impact.
“The changes will deny many victim-survivors of violence in NSW access to support they have a right to and need,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO, Domestic Violence NSW.
Liz Snell, Law Reform and Policy Coordinator added: “Given the Commissioner has failed to address the many concerns raised by victim-survivors the Joint Statement expresses no confidence in the Commissioner’s proposed six-month review of the changes.”