Family violence crackdown
NEW restraining orders preventing the distribution of revenge porn images and cyber-stalking are part of the biggest overhaul of family violence legislation in WA’s history.
The landmark laws passed through State Parliament on Thursday last week.
Attorney General Michael Mischin said the Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016 was a significant measure to provide more protection for abused victims.
He said the new restraining orders would enable the court to order an offender to attend a behavioural change or intervention program.
“Family violence restraining orders (FVRO) will replace the current system where the victims needs evidence of a specific ‘act of abuse’ to obtain a restraining order,” he said.
“Apart from physical violence, family violence will now include behaviour which ‘coerces controls or causes fear’ such as assault, damaging or destroying property, causing a child to be exposed to family violence, killing or injuring the family pet, stalking or withholding financial support from the victim.”
He said the legislation also prevented perpetrators facing multiple breaches of a restraining order to ‘game the system’ in court by repeatedly using remands and adjournments to delay sentencing and avoid jail after three strikes.
The changes double the 10-year maximum sentence for unlawful assault causing death. THE White Ribbon March through Midland this morning is close to the hearts of Spirit of the Streets, says choirmaster and musician Bernard Carney.
“Some of our choir have experienced domestic violence… the choir exhibits a whole range of experiences that the human being can suffer,” he said.
Spirit of the Streets began in 2007 as a safe and nonjudgemental choir where homeless people could come together in song and friendship.