The object of this Chapter is, through the constitution of the Domestic Violence Death Review Team, to provide for the investigation of the causes of domestic violence deaths in New South Wales, so as to:(a) reduce the incidence of domestic violence deaths, and(b) facilitate improvements in systems and services.
(1) In this Chapter:
Child Death Review Team means the Child Death Review Team established under Part 5A of the Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act 1993.
Convenor means the person appointed as Convenor of the Team under this Chapter.
domestic violence death means the death of a person that is caused directly or indirectly by a person who was in a domestic relationship with the deceased person.
Team means the Domestic Violence Death Review Team.(2) For the purposes of this Chapter, a case of a domestic violence death is closed if:(a) the coroner has dispensed with or completed an inquest concerning the death, and(b) any criminal proceedings (including any appeals) concerning the death have been finally determined (as defined in section 79 (4)).
(1) For the purposes of this Chapter, a person was in a domestic relationship with a deceased person if the person:(a) was or had been married to the deceased person, or(b) was or had been a de facto partner of the deceased person, or(c) had or has had an intimate personal relationship with the deceased person, whether or not the intimate relationship involved or had involved a relationship of a sexual nature, or(d) was or had been a relative of the deceased person and there have been previous episodes of domestic violence between them, or(e) in the case of an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander, was or had been part of the extended family or kin of the deceased person according to the Indigenous kinship system of the person’s culture, or(f) was in any other relationship with the deceased person of a kind prescribed by the regulations.(2) For the purposes of this Chapter, a person was a relative of a deceased person if the person was or is:(a) a father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, step-father, step-mother, father-in-law or mother-in-law, or(b) a son, daughter, grandson, grand-daughter, step-son, step-daughter, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, or(c) a brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, step-brother, step-sister, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, or(d) an uncle, aunt, uncle-in-law or aunt-in-law, or(e) a nephew or niece, or(f) a cousin,of the deceased person, or of the spouse or a de facto partner of the deceased person.