· LNP delivers greater accountability and certainty for victims of domestic and family violence
· Amendment will ensure confidence in the court process for victims
· Recommendations originated from LNP’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland
Victims of domestic and family violence will be given greater certainty through the court process thanks to changes introduced by the LNP in Parliament today.
Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Ros Bates said the LNP’s amendment to domestic and family violence legislation delivered greater accountability and certainty for victims around protection orders.
“Our amendment will deliver confidence in the court process for victims of domestic and family violence, by ensuring they are afforded a greater understanding of decisions made by the courts,” Ms Bates said.
“The LNP’s amendment ensures our courts explain their reasons when they decide to make a protection order that is less than five years.
“This change is in line with existing requirements on our courts when considering ‘ouster’ conditions as part of a protection order.
“I want to especially thank the Women’s Legal Service Queensland and the Community Legal Centres Queensland for their strong advocacy on this issue.
“The LNP’s amendment forms part of a broad suite of changes to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill which was debated and passed in Parliament today.”
Ms Bates said many of the reforms in the final Bill originated from recommendations handed down by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, established by the previous LNP Government.