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Domestic violence review released

The creation of new family violence protection orders for domestic violence victims is one of 73 recommendations made by the Law Reform Commission (LRC) in a comprehensive report tabled in State Parliament today.

The LRC consulted with 169 individual and agency stakeholders concerned with family and domestic violence and presented its findings and recommendations to Attorney General Michael Mischin last week.

One of the commission’s key recommendations is the creation of a specific domestic violence protection law, the Family and Domestic Violence Protection Order Act, which would mean family and domestic violence orders would be separated from the existing Restraining Orders Act.

Other recommendations are clearer definitions of what constitutes domestic violence and whether the term could be extended to cover other offences such as cyber-stalking, as well as ensuring family and domestic violence is treated as a criminal offence under the Criminal Code.

Click on the link below to read more details of the media statement by Attorney General Michael Mischin.

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