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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Palaszczuk Government fast-tracks domestic violence laws

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Monday, September 14, 2015

    Palaszczuk Government fast-tracks domestic violence laws

    The Palaszczuk Government will fast-track legislation to increase penalties for breaches of domestic violence orders, as part of a range of measures designed to combat violence in Queensland homes. 

    Legislation to be introduced to Parliament this week will increase maximum penalties for first-time breaches of DVOs to three years jail and subsequent breaches to up to five years jail. 

    “These tougher penalties send an important message to perpetrators of domestic violence – you will be held to account, you will be punished,” Premier Palaszczuk said. 

    “We have seen domestic and family violence spill out onto the streets of Queensland in recent weeks and I want this legislation to send a clear message about just how seriously this government takes domestic and family violence.” 

    The legislative changes will also give victims “special witness” status when giving evidence in court proceedings. 

    “This could mean victims do not have to be in the same room as the alleged perpetrator when they give evidence, and protects them from intimidatory tactics in the court room,” Ms Palaszczuk said. 

    Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the changes also included domestic violence-related offences to be recorded on a person’s criminal history to reveal repeated family violence offending. 

    “This is designed to help our judges and magistrates to become aware of repeat or problem behaviour before it escalates,” she said.

    Mrs D’Ath said further legislative changes would establish an independent Death Review Board to identify systemic issues regarding services for domestic and family violence victims. 

    “This is about refining the systems already in place – investigating the factors that place a victim at increased risk, and identifying any gaps in support services,” Ms D’Ath said. 

    “Learning from failings is a crucial step in preventing future deaths from domestic violence.” 

    Premier Palaszczuk also called for a national summit on Domestic Violence.

    “We need a gathering of State and Territory leaders and our Federal counterparts, to hold a dedicated national conversation about domestic violence.

    “This is not a Queensland-specific problem. It is a national crisis. And we cannot act in isolation. 

    “However, I can assure the Prime Minister and the Federal Opposition Leader that Queensland would be more than happy to host such a summit.”

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