Labor welcomes the extension of Queensland’s domestic violence court trial

Labor welcomes the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement today that its domestic violence court trial will be extended until 30 June 2017.

Trialling this specialist court responds to a recommendation of the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report from the Queensland Domestic Violence Taskforce headed by Dame Quentin Bryce.

“The domestic violence court on the Gold Coast, established in September last year, is aimed at ensuring victims and their families get access to justice, and perpetrators are held accountable,” Terri Butler said.

“The Court has magistrates who are familiar with complex and difficult domestic violence issues, as well as integrated support services to help women navigate the legal system.

“I look forward to the results of the trial,” she said.

Bill Shorten and Labor have committed that in government we would implement immediate measures to assist people in family violence situations. The package comprises more than $70 million in measures including:

  • approximately $50 million to frontline legal services, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to ensure people experiencing family violence get legal support and do not have to go to court alone;
  • an initial investment of $15 million in Safe at Home grants to help people affected by family violence stay safe in their own home and communities; and
  • $8 million investment in mapping perpetrator activities to look at the interactions across family violence, law enforcement, justice, child protection and related systems to help identify opportunities to prevent violence through information sharing.

Bill Shorten and Brendan O’Connor have also announced that a Labor Government will make domestic and family violence leave a universal workplace right, to further support those suffering family and domestic violence in our community, providing for five days paid domestic and family violence leave in the National Employment Standards (NES).

These commitments build on the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, which Labor established in 2010.

ENDS

 

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*** If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000” ***

 

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