People who break a DVO will go to jail for longer

September 18, 2015

Brisbane Times

Breaking a domestic violence order will bring extra jail time and victims will be able to give evidence without having to face their alleged attackers under new laws to be introduced this week, as the Queensland Premier challenges the Prime Minister to hold a national summit on domestic violence.

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Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath will invite the Opposition to a briefing on the new laws as the government seeks bipartisan support for the measures, which include raising the penalty for a first time DVO breach from two years to three years, with subsequent breaches attracting up to five years imprisonment.

Domestic violence victims would also be granted special witness status in court so they would not have to testify in front of their alleged attackers and a death review panel board would be established to help agencies learn how on-going improvements could be made to policy in the cases where it fails.

On Monday, the Palaszczuk government promised to follow through on all 140 of the recommendations in the Not Now, Not Ever taskforce report led by Dame Quentin Bryce.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the legislation would be introduced this week but would not be expected to be debated until October, with the government wanting to give a parliamentary review panel time to examine the measures.

Ms Palaszczuk also called for a national summit to address the issue Australia wide.

 

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