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Domestic violence orders in Queensland boosted, protective powers increased

The ABC’s Gail Burke reports (12.10.16) on moves by the Palaszczuk Government to bolster the state’s domestic violence laws and increase protective measures for victims and the police.

‘Domestic violence orders will apply for a minimum of five years, and Government and community groups can share information about violent offenders under new laws passed in State Parliament overnight.

‘Debate on the Government’s latest domestic violence bill, which also gave police the power to issue on-the-spot Police Protection Notices (PPN) to help women and children fleeing violence, brought LNP member for Gaven, Sid Cramp, to tears as he described having to cope with his violent father when he was a teenager.

‘All sides of Parliament supported the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 when it was debated yesterday.

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

‘”We hear from victims that the inconsistencies in protection orders in the Magistrates Court and family law orders is one of the key reasons victims won’t leave a violent situation,” she said.’

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