Thursday, 23 June 2016

Important step towards protecting women and families from family violence

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes legislation introduced to the Parliament of Victoria today that will help ensure domestic violence orders made in Victoria can be enforced Australia-wide.

The National Domestic Violence Order Scheme Bill 2016 will help establish a National Domestic Violence Order scheme and is an important first step towards ensuring Victorian domestic violence orders can be included in a future national database and enforced across the country. The database would also have the effect of allowing domestic violence orders made in other states or territories to be enforced in Victoria.

Under the proposed legislation, police in Victoria will also be given expanded powers to enter and search a property without a warrant if they form a reasonable belief that a person. Police would also be able to use expanded powers to detain a person for the purpose of serving a family violence intervention order or family violence safety notice.

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