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NSW prisons change tack on family violence

AAP logoAAP 25/11/2016

A dangerous gap in the process of bringing domestic violence offenders to justice will be addressed for the first time in NSW under a White Ribbon day announcement from Corrective Services.

A fast-tracked prison education program will target accused offenders in the short period - an average of seven days - they are in jail before being bailed.

Almost 40 per cent of accused domestic violence offenders will attack their victim before their case has finished in the courts.

Corrective Services NSW Group Director Jayson Ware said on Friday the program would help offenders recognise their abusive behaviour and develop skills to stop themselves before becoming violent.

"We need to change their thinking and behaviour in the very early days," Mr Ware said.

The program has been introduced at four NSW prisons and inmates have been eager to participate, Mr Ware said.

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