Have a say on DV

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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.

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