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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath
    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Palaszczuk Government acts to keep Queensland’s women and children safe

    JOINT STATEMENT

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

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    Palaszczuk Government acts to keep Queensland’s women and children safe

    The Palaszczuk Government has today strengthened its domestic violence laws to allow police to act more quickly to protect women and children fleeing violence and by allowing courts to extend Domestic Violence Orders for up to five years.

    Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the new laws passed by Parliament today will require magistrates to consider exercising their power to modify existing family court orders and provide better protection for vulnerable children.

    “These ground-breaking new laws will deliver more tailored support to keep victims of violence safe, and will strengthen both the police and justice response to domestic and family violence in Queensland,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Tragedies caused by domestic and family violence are totally unacceptable.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is leading the way by sending the message, loud and clear, that we will not tolerate violence in any form and we are taking action to ensure we have the laws in place to support victims of violence.

    “We are simplifying the processes faced by police so they can issue more immediate Police Protection Notices to protect women and – for the first time ever – children who are fleeing violence.

    “Importantly, it will allow information to be shared between agencies to help manage and mitigate risks a victim may face as a result of domestic violence.”

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the changes included a requirement for magistrates to issue DVOs for a minimum of five years, unless there are reasons for a shorter order.

    “Courts will also be required to consider if additional conditions need to be included and determine the appropriate duration of a protection order based on the protection that a victim and their family needs,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “The amendments will increase penalties for perpetrators who breach release conditions or the conditions of a Police Protection Notice.”

    Changes include:

    • Expand Police Protection Notices to simplify the process for police so they can act to protect a victim of domestic violence immediately, including for the first time ever, children;

     

    • Clarifying a court may make a DVO when a victim has been threatened or has fears for their safety or wellbeing;

     

    • Provide for the future implementation of automatic recognition of DVOs across Australia under a National Domestic Violence Order Scheme;

     

    • Courts will consider if more tailored conditions need to be included in a DVO;

     

    • Protection orders will remain in place for five years unless the court is satisfied there are reasons for a shorter order to be made;

     

    • Courts will need to consider family law orders when making a DVO to minimise inconsistencies between the orders and may use their powers to modify family law orders if necessary;

     

    • A comprehensive information sharing framework to ensure agencies providing specialist domestic and family violence services and prescribed entities can share information to assess and manage risk.

    The new laws continue the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence report Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic Violence in Queensland.

    Media contact:

    Minister Fentiman: 0400 774 303

    Minister D’Ath: 0417 272 875