Leslie Williams, Member for Port Macquarie: World first app to help address domestic violence

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams.

A world-first app aimed at holding domestic violence perpetrators to account and increasing their compliance with protection orders to help safeguard victims has been launched.

NSW Government-funded Avow app has been launched as part of a package of products to help people understand their legal obligations under an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO).

The scourge of domestic violence needs to be tackled both by protecting victims and by helping perpetrators to stop their abusive behaviour.

The Avow app puts information perpetrators need to comply with their ADVO at their fingertips.

An ADVO is a court order that imposes multiple conditions on a perpetrator, including limiting their contact with the victim to ensure they do not stalk or intimidate them. Breaking these conditions is a criminal offence, which can lead to a gaol sentence.

The Avow app includes:

  • Straightforward information about ADVOs, court processes and the consequences of breaching an ADVO;
  • Information about appearing in court;
  • Features that allow users to add their ADVO conditions into the app and plan for how they will comply with them; and
  • A directory and links to support services.

A new NSW Police referral card will also be used to promote the app and encourage perpetrators to contact the Men's Referral Service that can put them in touch with supports, including Men's Behaviour Change programs.

The Avow app was developed by the Department of Communities and Justice with the Department of Customer Service and Miroma Project Factory. The Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program also reviewed the app during development to ensure it was fit-for-purpose.

You can download Avow on your mobile from Google Play or the App Store.

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In order to keep you informed about funding programs I need to know the details of your Association and encourage you to provide my office with your organisation's best contact.

The Port Macquarie Electorate office phone number is 6584 0977 or send a message via my website www.lesliewilliams.com.au

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