Domestic Violence Scheme offers support to South Australians at risk
Nearly 200 requests for information have been made in the first eight months of the trial of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.
The Scheme began taking applications in October 2018, with 186 requests lodged for information as at 30 June 2019.
Just under a third of the applications came from people living in regional areas.
Of the 186 requests, 60 per cent came directly from the person in the relationship, while the others came from a concerned third party. 40 per cent involved a current partner, while the remainder related to a former partner.
A total of 124 of these matters met the eligibility criteria for disclosure.
The fact that over half of the applications involved a potential disclosure to people at risk, highlights that the risk of domestic violence remains all too prevalent in our community.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is important as it provides crucial information to those who may be at risk of domestic violence.
All applications to the scheme are referred to Women's Safety Services for assistance and support – regardless of whether a risk has been identified.
This ensures that support is available to people who may otherwise never seek help.
Applications can be made online at the SAPOL Domestic Violence Disclosure page.