Boost to funding innovative justice projects

Attorney General Mark Speakman said both projects have the potential to change the lives of people who come into contact with the justice system.

“Newcastle Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service will receive $83,000 to develop a video for people experiencing domestic and family violence, which will explain the process of giving evidence in local court,” Mr Speakman said.

“The video will be available on demand for victims of domestic violence who are unable to attend pre-hearing clinics run by various domestic violence women’s advocacy services in New South Wales and the police. of New South Wales.

“Court preparation clinics prepare victims of domestic violence before they come to court, helping them understand the court process. However, some people face barriers to attending these in-person clinics, including people from cultural and diverse backgrounds, people who live in remote Indigenous communities and isolated areas, male survivors, and people with disabilities.

“This video is another way to provide this information and support victim-survivors of domestic and family violence through what is already a traumatic and difficult process.”

The videos will be available on demand in multiple languages, including English, Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, and Vietnamese.

Mr Speakman said the NSW government will also provide $125,000 to Newcastle University’s juvenile justice project ‘Now.See.Hear’.

“These funds will be used to develop a culturally safe screening tool that will better inform youth justice professionals about understanding the trauma-related histories of young people aged 12-25 who are involved in the justice system. said Mr. Speakman.

“This screening tool will be developed with Indigenous leaders and will use visual and narrative methods consistent with Indigenous ways of “knowing and doing” to identify past trauma. and improve the ability of youth justice practitioners to respond appropriately.

“The project has the potential to have a wide impact across New South Wales, with training videos made available free of charge to social workers, detention staff, police, solicitors and law enforcement officers. justice.”

Mr Speakman said the two grants were made available through the NSW Government’s Access to Justice Innovation Fund (AJIF), a four-year, $1 million initiative that aims to improve access to the justice system, especially for socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Learn more about the Access to Justice Innovation Fund.

Elna M. Lemons