Reducing domestic violence
One woman, on average, is killed by domestic violence every week in Australia
Domestic violence is a huge issue in NSW. The Department of Justice reached out to us to see if behavioural insights could be used to reduce domestic violence in NSW.
Department of Justice asked us to look at was improving defendant’s compliance with apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVOs).
We spent time building an understanding of issues facing defendants in complying with ADVOs and their understanding of the current orders and process.
Our research revealed that defendants and victims did not understand the ADVOs. This finding is consistent with observations from agencies and services that defendants and victims often do not understand the full implications of their ADVOs.
Based on these findings, we made the ADVOs easier to understand. We:
simplified the language
used examples of what the orders meant, such as not contacting the victim by social media
personalised the orders, referring to people by name
highlighted the consequences of breaking the order
included information on the impact of domestic and family violence.
The new ADVO have been rolled-out across NSW in December 2016. They are also being translated into different languages and an accessible version is being created.
- Source: Australian Institute of Criminology, 2015
- Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
- Source: Victoria Health
- “Mapping rates of Appended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs)”, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, NSW Government.