Between October 2011 and September 2012, around 30,000 cases of domestic and family violence were reported in New South Wales.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher, said that approximately 40 per cent of the calls which[that] are made to police in New South Wales are related to domestic and family violence.
According to the Department of Family and Community Services, that makes domestic and family violence "the biggest cause of death and disability for women under the age of 40" in this state.
That is why the Department of Family and Community Services has joined forces with TAFE - South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) to create the Skills Development Strategy.
This $1.5 million project aims to help front-line workers hone their knowledge and skills of domestic and family violence through training and professional development courses.
Through such ongoing education, this workforce will be better equipped to assist victims of domestic and family violence.
Minister for Women Pru Goward made the announcement on August 11, claiming that New South Wales has been looking to hone the skills of its front-line workers for quite some time.
She believes the Skills Development Strategy will see the domestic and family violence workforce able to "provide effective and timely services to victims and their families."
In particular, the project is targeting those who work in remote or regional areas, as it is likely they have missed out on receiving this kind of education due to lack of access.
Australians who work with migrant, refugee and Aboriginal groups will also benefit. They are being offered the chance to study toward brand-new qualifications, as well as improve their existing abilities through ongoing training.
SWSi Institute Director Peter Roberts said that he is proud to be working alongside Women NSW to implement the project, claiming that it would provide "essential professional development" to this valued workforce.
The Skills Development Strategy is part of the New South Wales government's domestic and family violence reforms, called "It Stops Here," which were released on June 25.
If you live in New South Wales, are a victim of domestic and family violence and would like some family law advice, talk to the team at Craddock Murray Neumann today.
Our family lawyers are well-versed in this area of the law, and are here to answer your questions and help you get through this difficult time.