New DV laws put before Parliament this week
NEW laws to increase the penalty for breaching domestic violence orders could become a reality from next month if proposed changes make it through Queensland Parliament.
Making domestic violence offences clearer on a perpetrator's criminal history, allowing victims to give evidence in court away from the offenders and establishing a death review board could also form part of the changes.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath announced on Monday they would introduce these changes into Parliament this week.
Ms Palaszczuk said a committee would review the proposed changes but hoped it could be passed in October.
She said Ms D'Ath planned to discuss the changes with the Opposition on Monday night ahead of Parliament resuming on Tuesday.
Under current laws the maximum penalty for breaching domestic violence orders is two years jail. The government hopes to increase this to three years.
Ms D'Ath said judges and lawyers assessing a person's criminal history currently had to look into each offence in detail to find out whether it was domestic-violence related.
Ms D'Ath said they wanted to make it easier for courts and want to include this information on a person's criminal history.
A domestic violence death review board would also be established under proposed changes.
"The role of the board is to look at systemic issues, failings across government and non-government agencies so that we can take action to reduce deaths into the future," Ms D'Ath said.
Ms D'Ath said the government would look further into increasing the penalty for people who commit an offence that is domestic violence related.
She said the government was still consulting about this change; known as a circumstance of aggravation.
She hoped to bring these changes to Parliament next month.
If you or someone you know needs help, phone DV Connect on 1800 811 811 or 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
- APN NEWSDESK