Domestic violence orders could be enforced nationwide

DOMESTIC violence orders could soon protect victims no matter where they are in Australia.
DOMESTIC violence orders could soon protect victims no matter where they are in Australia.

DOMESTIC violence orders could soon protect victims no matter where they are in Australia.

The Federal Government is also $30m on a national awareness campaign aimed at reducing the epidemic which claims one Australian woman each week.

Domestic violence support services say 17 victims have been killed this year.

One in three women over the age of 15 will experience domestic violence.

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The Federal Government has started work on a national DVO scheme and will discuss the plan with state and territory premiers at the Council of Australian Governments meeting later this year.

"One woman each week in Australia is murdered at the hands of a current or former intimate partner," minister assisting the prime minister on the status of women Michaelia Cash said.

"That's just wrong.

"We need, as a government and as a society, to shine the spotlight on the issue of domestic violence."

Ms Cash said the Commonwealth would ask all states and territories to make the national DVO scheme a reality as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

Under the plan when a protection order is issued, usually by a magistrate, in any state or territory it will apply across the country.
"Development of national standards for how we intervene against perpetrators and hold them accountable will be a priority," Ms Cash said.

"COAG will also consider the enactment of a national approach to dealing with online safety and the misuse of technology, so we can protect women against newer forms of abuse."

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said domestic violence was a national problem needing urgent action.

"It is without a doubt one of the greatest contradictions in our society that an act of hate can be done by people who claim to love the victim," he said.

"We have responsibility, I believe, for all of us in this place, to make it a national political priority."

2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty is on the COAG domestic violence advisory panel.


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