Fam­ily vi­o­lence crack­down

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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