Have a say on DV
MEMBER for Burnett Stephen Bennett welcomed the opportunity for locals to have their say on a plan to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland.
Child Safety and Disability Services Shadow Minister Tracy Davis met with Mr Bennett to discuss a consultation paper, released by the LNP and modelled on the United Kingdom’s Clare’s Law, being trialled in New South Wales.
“It means a person, their friends or family members who have a concern about his or her partner, would be able to make an application to the police for information on whether that person has a history of domestic violence or sexual offences,” Mr Bennett said.
“I’m urging residents to get involved in the consultation process and provide their feedback to really be part of a meaningful conversation about the scourge of domestic violence.
“To begin this local conversation, I was delighted to host a round-table forum with the Shadow Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Tracy Davis, and leaders from our local community organisations, including EDON Place, Phoenix House and the Salvation Army, among others.”
Mr Bennett said that we must find ways to increase the safety of people at risk of domestic violence, and champion potentially lifesaving preventative measures.
“The statistics around domestic and family violence are alarming, to say the least, with one woman killed every week on average as a result of intimate partner violence,” he said. “Only by working together can we develop effective policy to lead the way in stamping out this insidious crime.”
Mr Bennett said residents can provide feedback by completing the online form at www.clareslawqld.com or by contacting his office on 4111 5100 to arrange for a hard copy.