Domestic Violence in Hervey Bay

Media Statement from LNP Shadow Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Ros Bates
Monday, 5 June 2017

Our police and domestic violence sector are working hard to tackle the scourge of domestic and family violence in the Hervey Bay area.

In the past 10 months (July to April) there were 374 breaches of domestic violence orders in the Hervey Bay region – that’s more than one offence a day.

In 2015/16 there were more than 2,000 domestic violence applications made in the Wide Bay Burnett area, up from 1,534 in 2014/15

Last year Queensland accounted for a quarter of all domestic violence-related deaths in Australia, with 18 Queensland women dying at the hands of their partner.

The LNP is committed to stopping the spread of domestic violence which is why we introduced our Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill earlier this year.

This Bill was passed in the Queensland Parliament in March to protect vulnerable victims of domestic violence.

The LNP have a strong record of standing up for victims of crime and ensuring that the scales of justice are balanced in favour of community safety

Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2017

· Reversing the presumption for bail in domestic violence-related crimes such as assault, grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty, strangulation and kidnapping
· Introducing a DV Alert system to ensure victims and families are notified when someone charged with domestic violence crimes is being considered for or has been granted bail
· The DV Alert system will also notify victims and families when someone with a DVO is being considered for parole, even if the reason they are in prison is not related to domestic violence
· Introducing urgent appeal rights to the bail application process, meaning bail decisions will be stayed for up to three business days and referred to a higher court for urgent review
· Allowing GPS trackers to be fitted to an alleged offender as a bail condition by the court to ensure that victims of crime are better protected throughout the trial process, which can be lengthy

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