Stop­ping do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

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