Our advocacy

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  • We do advocacy work to inform law and policy reform;
  • We carry out research projects into best practice;
  • We are co-convenor of the NSW Women's Alliance.

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia engages in advocacy work to ensure that our clients’ experiences of sexual, family and domestic violence inform the development of law and policy.

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia is also the co-convenor of the NSW Women’s Alliance. The Women’s Alliance brings together numerous NSW women’s peak organisations and state-wide service providers with expertise in responding to and working to prevent violence against women.

If you would like to discuss an issue of law or policy reform, please do not hesitate to contact us on (02) 8585 0333 or by email at info@rape-dvservices.org.au.

Public submissions

As a non-government organisation, it is our responsibility to ensure that people who have been made vulnerable by their circumstances have their voices heard in democratic processes. Otherwise, there is a risk that government, law and policy will serve only the needs and interests of the powerful few.

To fulfil this responsibility, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia engages in a wide range of law reform activities including writing submissions to inquiries, sitting on stakeholder advisory groups, and advocating for our clients’ interests to government.

You can access copies of our public submissions below.

Submission to Queensland's Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee's review of the Criminal Code (Chocking in Domestic Settings) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2020 (Qld) - 10 July 2020 (PDF 2MB)

Second Submission to the Joint Select Committee's Inquiry into Australia's Family Law System - 23 December 2019 (PDF 532KB)

Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission's review of consent in relation to sexual offences - Draft Proposals - 18 November 2019 (PDF 4MB)

Submission to Queensland's Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee's review of the Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 - 8 October 2019 (PDF 1MB)

First Submission to the Joint Select Committee's Inquiry into Australia's Family Law System - 3 October 2019 (PDF 956KB)

Submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission's review of the Committal Process in Victoria - 16 August 2019 (PDF 3MB)

Submission to Queensland's Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee's review of Weapons and Other Legislation (Firearms Offences) Amendment Bill 2019 - 16 August 2019 (PDF 914KB)

Submission to the NSW Legislative Council’s Inquiry into the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 - 13 August 2019 (PDF 2MB)

Preliminary Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission's Open Justice Review - 13 June 2019 (PDF 571KB)

1 - Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces - 28 February 2019 (PDF 253KB)

2 - Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces - 28 February 2019, The Power to Prevent coalition (PDF 776KB)

Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission Review of Consent in Relation to Sexual Offences - 21 February 2019 (PDF 2MB)

Submission to NSW Sentencing Council review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter - 22 January 2019 (PDF 273KB)

Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission in relation to their inquiry into the Family Law system - Discussion Paper - 29 November 2018 (PDF 842KB)

Submission to the Commonwealth Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in relation to the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018 - 25 October 2018 (PDF 796KB)

Submission to the Commonwealth Senate Community Affairs References Committee in relation to the My Health Record system - 26 September 2018 (PDF 175KB)

Submission to the Commonwealth Senate Education and Employment Committees in relation to the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018 - 25 September 2018 (PDF 293KB)

Submission to the ACT Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety in relation to the Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2018 - 14 September 2018 (PDF 262KB)

Submission to the QLD Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee in relation to the Criminal Code (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Amendment Bill 2018 - 6 September 2018 (PDF 275KB)

Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in response to the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018 - 9 July 2018 (PDF 315KB)

Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission Review of Consent in Relation to Sexual Offences - 29 June 2018 (PDF 2MB)

Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System - Issues Paper (IP 48) - 14 May 2018 (PDF 729KB)

Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in response to the Family Law Amendment (Parenting Management Hearings) Bill 2017 - 7 February 2018 (PDF 356KB)