Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates has welcomed the opportunity for local residents to have their say on a plan to tackle domestic and family violence in Queensland.
Ms Bates said a consultation paper released by the LNP allows discussion to begin on a proposed scheme modelled on the United Kingdom’s Clare’s Law.
“It means a person, their friends or family members who have a concern about his or her partner, would be able to make an application to the police for information on whether that person has a history of domestic violence or sexual offences,” said Ms Bates.
“I’m urging residents to get involved in the consultation process and provide their feedback to really be part of a meaningful conversation about the scourge of domestic violence.
“To begin this local conversation, I was delighted to host a roundtable forum with the Shadow Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Tracy Davis and leaders from our local community organisations, including the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence, Family and Child Connect and Centacare,” Ms Bates said.
Ms Davis said that we must find ways to increase the safety of people at risk of domestic violence and champion potentially lifesaving preventative measures.
“The statistics around domestic and family violence are frightening with on average, one woman killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence,” Ms Davis said.
“Only by working together, can we develop effective policy to lead the way in stamping out this insidious crime.”
Ms Bates said residents can provide feedback by completing the online form at www.clareslawqld.com or by contacting her office on (07) 5601 7100 to arrange for a hard copy.