One of the biggest difficulties for victims of domestic violence is to end the violence permanently. Some women and children move inter-state to avoid contact with the perpetrator. At present domestic violence is covered by different state-based legislation and an AVO made in NSW is only enforceable in NSW.
The Federal Attorney-General has announced a plan that might change the current situation. All state and territory police Ministers have agreed to support a new nationally coordinated scheme for domestic and family violence orders (DVOs). This will allow a person who is protected by a DVO to move across state and territory borders and remain covered. See media release 11 November 2011.
Draft legislation is to be considered by the Standing Council on Law and Justice later this month. If this legislation is introduced and passed, it will have been achieved as a result of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.
The National Plan sets out a framework for action over the next 12 years. It brings together the efforts of governments across the nation to make a real and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women.
It is the first plan to:
- coordinate action across jurisdictions.
- focus strongly on prevention.
- look to the long term, building respectful relationships and working to increase gender equality to prevent violence from occurring in the first place.
- focus on holding perpetrators accountable and encourage behaviour change.
This plan shows Australia’s commitments to upholding the human rights of Australian women through the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Declaration to End Violence Against Women and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
If you are interested in exploring domestic violence as a criminal justice issue, you might want to look at these resources:
- Domestic violence, Hot Topics 66 (PDF 1702kb) Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), 2008;
- Domestic violence, Chapter 21, The Law Handbook 11th ed, Thomson Reuters, 2009. Covers practical help and assistance, women's refuges, legal remedies, criminal charges, ADVOs and APVOs;
- Domestic violence in NSW by Talina Drabsch, NSW Parliamentary briefing paper 7/2007;
- Trends and patterns in domestic violence: 2001 to 2010 by Katrina Grech and Melissa Burgess, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Issues paper 61, May 2011 and
- Previous domestic violence posts on our blog.