Stopping domestic violence
OPPOSITION Leader Lawrence Springborg has thanked the hundreds of Queenslanders who took part in Safer Families, Better Communities marches and rallies against domestic and family violence.
“The only way to be successful in tackling the scourge of domestic violence is by working together,” he said.
The Australian government was committed to end domestic violence.
The Taskforce chaired by Quentin Bryce, which produced the Not Now, Not Ever report and we have given our full support to the Queensland Government’s response to the 140 recommendations,” he said.
Mr Springborg said we are also working hard to find other ways to improve the safety of people at risk of domestic violence through preventative measures.
Shadow Minister, Tracy Davis has initiated a consultation process into a proposed scheme modelled on the United Kingdom’s Clare’s Law, which allows access to vital information about someone’s violent past and crimes.
Ms Davis said the consultation process undertaken for Clare’s Law had gathered extremely valuable feedback from Queenslanders, based on their own personal experience.
“I commend these Queenslanders for their courage and assure them that their contributions will go a long way to helping other victims, potentially saving lives,” she said.
Clare’s Law was initially set up in the United Kingdom after a woman named Clare Wood was murdered by her former partner.
In the course of the investigation it was discovered he had a violent past that, had it been known by the victim or her family, may have saved her life.
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.