Domestic Violence Order Update

On Tuesday of this week, the Palaszczuk government introduced a Bill to Parliament to change the term of Domestic Violence Orders to 5 years opposed to the current 2 year term along with information-sharing across agencies such as Police, Hospitals, Health care providers and Probation and Parole in a bid to proactively identify women at risk.

Further powers will be given to Police to issue Police Protection Notices (“PPN”) on the spot. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said “We are no longer requiring police to write down the reasons for the PPN, they just have to understand that domestic violence has been committed, communicate that to the perpetrator, and believe there is a need for immediate protection,”

Author & Partner: Sophie Pearson

Date: 18/08/2016